In our most recent national Teaching Excellence Framework, teaching at Kent was judged to be Gold rated. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Our teaching is research-led as all our staff are active in their fields. Social and biological anthropology staff have been awarded national teaching awards, reflecting the quality of the undergraduate programmes.
Anthropology at Kent uses a stimulating mix of teaching methods, including lectures, small seminar groups, field trips and laboratory sessions. For project work, you are assigned to a supervisor with whom you meet regularly. You also have access to a wide range of learning resources, including the Templeman Library, research laboratories and computer-based learning packages.
Many of the core modules have an end-of-year examination which counts for 50% to 100% of your final mark for that module. The remaining percentage comes from practical or coursework marks. However, others, such as the Project in Anthropological Science are assessed entirely on coursework. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks and, where appropriate, the marks from your year abroad, count towards your final degree result.
The Year Abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and does not contribute towards your final degree classification.
Knowledge and understanding
You will develop knowledge and understanding of:
- the principles relevant to the study of human biology, evolution and sociality
- human diversity and an appreciation of its scope
- the fossil evidence of human evolution
- the similarities and differences between humans and other primates
- biological perspectives on human ecology
- the ethical implications of human biological diversity
- the principles of Mendelian and population genetics, as well as molecular biology
- the relevance of anthropology to understanding everyday processes of social life
- social anthropology as the comparative study of human societies
- specific themes in social anthropology such as religion, politics, kinship and religion
- several ethnographic regions of the world
- cultures and societies of year abroad countries.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- general learning and study skills
- critical and analytical skills
- the ability to express ideas orally and in writing
- communication and IT skills
- statistical analysis
- practical skills specific to the scientific study of anthropology
- hypothesis testing
- integrate into a different educational, cultural, social, and, in some cases, professional environment.
You gain specific skills in the following:
- the ability to describe and analyse aspects of biological diversity
- to identify the relationship between environmental and cultural influences in human ecology
- the ability to engage in intelligent debate on the process of human evolution
- to design and carry out a research project in the field of scientific anthropology
- an understanding of the processes involved in the development of human variation, including a working knowledge of the principles of classical genetics and molecular biology
- a general knowledge of human biology, and an appreciation of how biological processes interact with behaviour and culture in humans
- the ability to compare and contrast the morphology and behaviour of humans to that of other animals, specifically primates
- the ability to understand how people are shaped by their social, cultural and physical environments
- to perceive the way in which cultural assumptions may affect the opinions of oneself and others
- to be able to make rational sense of cultural and social phenomena, which may appear at first sight incomprehensible
- the ability to apply anthropological knowledge to a variety of practical situations, personal and professional.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- the ability to make a structured argument
- to make appropriate reference to scholarly data
- familiarity working with equipment in a scientific laboratory
- knowledge of IT
- oral presentations and other methods of communication including poster and PowerPoint presentations
- working in a team.
The programme aims to:
- develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills
- provide students with the skills to adapt and respond positively to changes in the discipline
- acquaint students with theoretical and methodological issues relevant to understanding anthropology
- demonstrate the relevance of anthropological knowledge to an understanding of local, national and international biological and social phenomena arising from the changing nature of human organisation in the distant past and in the contemporary world
- provide a broad range of knowledge in the discipline of anthropology, stressing the need for a biological approach, and showing how it is closely linked to other academic disciplines
- provide a grounding in human and primate biological variation and demonstrate the links between biological and sociocultural processes
- ensure that the research of staff informs the design of modules, their content and delivery in a manner that is efficient, reliable, and enjoyable to students
- prepare graduates for employment and/or further study in their chosen careers through developing students’ transferable skills.
- Provide the opportunity to study anthropology at a university abroad. The year-abroad experience will also expose students to life in a different culture and thereby broaden their anthropological perspective. To achieve this, Stage A learning will be undertaken at University abroad (e.g. Europe, Japan), selected from those with whom the School has existing links for year-abroad programmes.