Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has a range of experts working on social anthropology in regions as diverse as the Middle East, Europe, China and Amazonia.
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Our degree programme
In your first year, you start by studying the fundamentals of social anthropology and political science. You then continue to learn about different quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant for both disciplines. There is a special focus on ethnography, a method used by social anthropology to understand diverse social worlds.
During all stages of your studies you have the opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests and include topics like South East Asian societies, ethnicity and nationalism, visual anthropology, and international politics.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice, presenting your findings in writing or in the form of a visual or digital essay. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
In this video, students and staff discuss their experiences of the course.
Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has a number of excellent subject-specific facilities to help your learning. These include: a state-of-the-art visual anthropology room with a suite of computers equipped for editing film and cameras made available for student use an ethnobiology lab for studying human-related plant material a teaching laboratory with first-rate equipment for students interested in Biological Anthropology we have an excellent fossil cast collection with hundreds of casts, including multiple entire skeletons of extant and extinct primates and hominins.
You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library. You can also view content from the European Documentation Centre, a useful resource for studying European politics and policy.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service also offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as: Anthropology Society Debating Society Feminist Society Kent Amnesty International Politics and International Relations Society.
The School of Anthropology and Conservation puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. We host two public lectures a year for which we have been able to attract leading anthropological figures from around the world. In 2017 we hosted paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
You are also encouraged to get involved in the programme of events and activities run by the School of Politics and International Relations, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic study and real-life politics.Social Anthropology
Anthropology at Kent uses a stimulating mix of teaching methods, including lectures, small seminar groups and laboratory sessions. For project work, you will be assigned to a supervisor with whom you meet regularly. You will also have access to a wide range of learning resources, including the Templeman Library, research laboratories and computer-based learning packages.
Assessment ranges from 80:20 exam/coursework to 100% coursework. At Stages 2 and 3, most core modules are split 50% end-of-year examination and 50% coursework. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result.
Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.
We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: