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Anthropology and Sociology BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

There are several areas of overlap between Anthropology and Sociology, making them particularly suitable for combination in a joint honours degree. The BA Anthropology and Sociology course combines modules from the BA Anthropology and BA Sociology providing a comprehensive understanding of humans as social and cultural beings. **Year 1** In the first year, you take a selection of modules from across the two Departments (i.e. Anthropology and Sociology):Compulsory theory modules: People and Cultures and/or Classical Sociological Theory Compulsory research modules: Doing Anthropological Research or Social Research Methods Optional modules:Being Human / Critical Scholarship in the Social Sciences / Health, Illness and Society /Human Evolution and Diversity / Introduction to Criminological Theory / Societies in Transition (double module) **Year 2**Students currently select a mixture of modules from both Anthropology and Sociology, either split evenly or weighted towards one or the other disciplines, including compulsory research training in either Anthropology or Sociology as preparation for the final year dissertation module.Compulsory research modules: Research Methods in Action (double module) or Anthropological Field Course / Interrogating AnthropologyOptional modules currently available in Sociology: Communities and Social Justice / Contemporary Criminological Theory / Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory / Police and Policing / Self, Identity and Society / Sociology of Education / Sociological Approaches to Violence and AbuseOptional modules currently available in Anthropology: Evolutionary Variation and Adaptation / Global Health and Disease / Kinship and Religion / Our Place in Nature / Politics and Economics / Sex, Reproduction and Love **Year 3** You take a 40-credit Dissertation in Anthropology or a 40-credit Dissertation in Sociology in view of previous training in social research. Additionally, students currently take up to 60 credits of modules in each Department.Optional modules in Anthropology: Specialised Aspects in Evolutionary Anthropology (20 or 40 credits)Specialised Aspects in Health and Medical Anthropology (20 or 40 credits)Specialised Aspects in Social Anthropology (20 or 40 credits) Example modules in Sociology: Community Placement / Cybercrime: Crime in the Information Age / Drugs, Crime and Society / Issues in Criminal Justice / Social Policy / Sociology of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation / Sociology of Health and Medicine / Sociology of Work and Professions / Young People, Crime and Justice**Study Abroad**Anthropology: Study abroad or placement activities undertaken as part of a degree are not only enjoyable but can give a significant edge when it comes to employability. ERASMUS exchanges are possible on our degrees, and we currently have links with the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), the University of Iceland, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Malta, with new opportunities being added every year. We also run a third-year Field Course module, involving fieldwork at our South African field site.Sociology and Criminology: We are part of the ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country.We currently have links with the universities of Helsinki in Finland and Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Students can also apply to the university-wide international exchange programme with universities in North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,500per year

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Durham University

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    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Subject rankings

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    7th out of 29 1

    21st out of 105 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    170 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    158 82%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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