The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
At Kent, we offer BA in Social Anthropology as a single honours degree, as well as part of several joint honours programmes. If you want to combine the theoretical study of other cultures with the opportunity to actually live and study abroad, then consider one of our Year Abroad programmes.
We offer combinations of:
Social Anthropology and ...
- Economics (LL16)
- History (LV61)
- Philosophy (LV65)
- Politics (LL62)
- Social Policy (LL46)
Other schools within the Univeristy offer these combinations
- Archaeology & Anthropology (QL86)
- Cultural Studies & Social Anthropology (LV69)
- Law & Social Anthropology (ML16)
- Psychology & Social Anthropology (CL86)
- Sociology & Social Anthropology (LL36)
BA in Social Anthropology : Joint Honours
Social (or cultural) anthropology has been described as 'the disciplined study of the forms of human experience'. Unlike most other creatures, humans create the conditions of their own existence. What we believe, how we act, how we communicate, how we regulate our social conduct, how we provide for our subsistence or our pleasure, what we take to be 'natural' or simply 'commonsense' are all themselves the products of human creation.
By studying the beliefs, activities and organisation of human societies and groups around the world, from those of Africa, New Guinea or the Amazon with which most of us are unfamiliar through to those of our own society which mould our own understanding of the world, social anthropology attempts to explore the range of human cultural diversity. Importantly, however, it also adopts a comparative perspective and seeks to show the commonalities of what it is to be human. In so doing, it may reveal that what at first sight seems strange and bizarre to us in other cultures often makes good sense, while what we take for granted in our own society could be seen as very odd indeed.