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UCAS code

LL36

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Anthropology
Sociology

Course overview

Anthropology and sociology deal with human behaviours in their social context. This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in these converging subjects, so you'll develop an understanding of their shared traditions and differences in perspective.

Why study BA Anthropology & Sociology at Goldsmiths?

  • The degree is divided evenly between the two subjects, so you'll look at cultural difference and non-Western societies, as well as the sociology of industrial societies
  • Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in the development of contemporary social and cultural understandings
  • We look at the subjects from a contemporary perspective, which means that what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain and elsewhere
  • We have a diverse, dynamic and motivated group of students
  • You'll develop an understanding of human behaviour and organisation, which will be useful to a number of different career paths
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and CSR consultancies

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Martyn Wemyss

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4) 

In your first year you'll learn the main theories within social anthropology, and will be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. For the sociology element you'll look at the subject's key texts and thinkers, and will develop an overview of the discipline's development and distinguishing features.

You take the following five compulsory modules (three from Anthropology and two from Sociology):

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Critical Readings: The Emergence of Sociological Rationality 30 credits
  Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
  Introduction to Social Anthropology 30 credits
  Anthropological Methods 15 credits
  Ethnography of a Selected Region 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5) 

You choose one Sociology option and then take the following six compulsory modules (two from Sociology, three from Anthropology and a 'link' module which is taught jointly by both Departments): 

Year 2 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
  The Making of the Modern World 15 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual 15 credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Sociology and Anthropology 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You take a compulsory module for Sociology at Level 6:

Year 3 compulsory module Module title Credits
  Theorising Contemporary Society 15 credits

You will then choose a minimum of 30 credits of Sociology options, a minimum of 30 credits of Anthropology options, and 45 credits from either department.

The modules selection has recently included:

Year 3 module options Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Art I 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Environment 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits
  or
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production course 30 credits
  Environmental Anthropology 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine I 15 or 30 credits
  Urban Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits
  or
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production course 30 credits
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 or 30 credits
  Ideology and the Secular 15 credits
  Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia 15 or 30 credits
  Material Culture 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual II 30 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology of Art II 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Human Animal Relations 15 or 30 credits
  Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
  Thinking Animals 15 credits
  Borders and Migration 15 credits (UG) 30 credits (PG)
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits
  Digital Anthropology Level 6 15 credits
  Staff/Student Research Project 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 25% coursework, 75% written exam
  • Year 2 - 50% coursework, 50% written exam
  • Year 3 - 87% coursework, 13% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

We don't assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds. 

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course reading is available digitally and through the library. You will be provided with a printed reading pack for some modules, however for the majority of modules you will need to cover the cost of photocopying or printing reading materials if you choose to do this (unless this is covered by a reasonable adjustment agreement).

Some modules require hard copy submission of written or practical work, which may involve associated costs such as printing and binding, artistic supplies, and USB drives.

Some modules will include field trips to free museums or sites within greater London and you'll need to cover the cost of transport to these venues. Occasionally field trips may be organised to venues which charge admission, but these are always optional.

If you undertake work placement modules or fieldwork as part of a module or final individual project or dissertation, you will be responsible for your transport and subsistence costs.

Careers

Skills

The BA Anthropology and Sociology programme will help you develop the following skills:

  • an understanding of human behaviour and organisation
  • an understanding of current and emerging concepts and theoretical approaches that are central to sociology and anthropology
  • the ability to examine how social, public and civic policy can be influenced by sociological knowledge
  • the ability to investigate, appraise and communicate empirical information
  • research and problem-solving skills
  • communication skills

Careers

Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This could be jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, the voluntary sector, management, the creative industries, marketing and policy.

This degree enables graduates to go on to a wide range of careers, covering areas including:

  • social and community work
  • teaching
  • business and management
  • the media
  • the public sector
  • the voluntary and charitable sector

Students who achieve the best results during their undergraduate course may also get the chance to go on to postgraduate research for a higher degree with the aim of making a career in higher education either as a lecturer combining teaching with research or as a specialist researcher.

You can learn more about the career options open to you after you graduate on our Sociology employability pages. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Hannah

"I have been able to use much from my sociology courses as they were to do with understanding how people react and engage with society."

"I found work a month after graduation as a Social Media Executive for Generator Hotels and Hostels. I was very lucky since it was the first interview I went for, and my degree definitely helped as working in marketing, it was very good to have a background in sociology.
 
I truly enjoy the work I am doing since we are all a fairly young and innovative team, and I have been able to use much from my sociology courses as they were to do with understanding how people react and engage with society. Working in the virtual world, having a sociological background has been really beneficial.

Some advice to current students: consider all the courses you do, making sure that they relate to each other as can therefore be easier to have an idea of what you might want to do in the future. Have a good think through in order to link the courses in one way or another, and build on the knowledge you already have. Time management is very important as well. Once in work, you will have deadlines to meet and work to prioritise. 
 
Lastly make the most of the uni years since it is all over very quickly and I miss it so much. Goldsmiths has truly been a great experience and I would urge everyone to make the most of all the activities on offer, as well as the social part of university life."

Geoffrey

"Goldsmiths gave me new life skills and the ability for analytical thinking."

"My journey at Goldsmiths began in the late 1980s, but is just as relevant today. I did Anthropology and Sociology as a mature student and loved every minute of it. Goldsmiths enabled me to understand how culture and society is so vibrant and diverse. It also gave me new life skills and the ability for analytical thinking.

My three years flashed by and, after graduation, I decided to do an MA in Sociology with special reference to Qualitative Research. This degree was completed on a part time basis, but was just as rewarding.

Goldsmiths was very kind to me, enabling me to grow as a person and human being. I hope I have been able to share this with my family, friends and colleagues. Goldsmiths in the 21st century is a centre of academic excellence, I still visit and I am still inspired! Age is no barrier to study, young or old, so good luck and enjoy every precious moment."

Danielle

"Goldsmiths has a special place in my heart."

"Studying at Goldsmiths was a life changing experience both academically and socially; still colouring my outlook to life today. Since graduating I have completed a Masters in Fashion Curation which led to the London Transport Museum commissioning an educational outreach project I designed, using archive transport uniforms as part of a handling collection.

Several years on I am working within a health care setting and currently developing a research project into the life threatening disease of sickle cell. The exhibition will consider a cross-disciplinary approach involving the patients of Homerton Hospital, academics in the field of sociology, medicine and artists. The plan for the exhibition is to grow in financial support and serve as a new exciting platform for sickle cell disease and offer a forum of debate for a considered educational outreach project received across the UK.

Goldsmiths has a strong tradition in working with the local community to broaden access to higher education and lifelong learning and I firmly believe that this approach has given me the tools to foster my own individual interests and curate exhibitions which aim to support marginalised groups. 

I have such wonderful memories from Goldsmiths and I have remained in contact with so many of the students/tutors/local residents and for this Goldsmiths has a special place in my heart."