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BAAnthropology and Political Science

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This Joint Honours programme in BA Anthropology and Political Science enables you to build a degree programme that suits your interests.

You will learn about human nature and be encouraged to take part in debates and to research different theories. Our Political Science and Anthropology degree will help you acquire important analytical skills. You will learn to find your way and articulate different arguments, rival theories and alternative explanations. You will also learn about campaigns, elections, protest movements, policy issues and political ideals. You will learn from renowned experts in their field and develop skills that will be valued by employers.

Programme structure

First year
In your first year you take three compulsory modules. Focus on Studying Societies is concerned with core study skills, taking you through all the steps of researching, planning and editing an essay, and enabling you to pursue a group investigation and present your findings orally. Thinking Anthropologically takes a series of core questions (e.g. What is work? What is dirt?) and shows how anthropologists study societies around the world, explaining how people can think very differently about questions that might initially appear simple or obvious. The Anthropology of Africa module examines the social, economic, and political organisation of a number of African societies and their recent historical transformations.

Compulsory modules:

Focus on Studying Societies (20 credits)
Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits)
Anthropology of Africa (20 credits)
Detailed first year Anthropology module descriptions
Political Science:
You are provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study politics. You also have the opportunity to take other introductory social science courses.

Compulsory modules include:

Understanding Politics (20 credits)
Research Skills and Literacy: Philosophy and Methods (20 credits)
Detailed first year Political Science module descriptions
Second year
In this year you take the compulsory Theory, Ethnography and Research (40 credits). This module explains the history of anthropology and its major theories. It finishes with an ethnographic project in which students behave like anthropologists, and engage in close observation and analysis of the social behaviour around them.

In addition, students choose 20 credits of Anthropology optional modules.

Compulsory Anthropology modules:

Theory, Ethnography and Research (40 credits)
Detailed second year Anthropology module descriptions
Political Science:
You have the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in areas that you find of greatest interest, such as political theory and analysis, European integration, British politics, American politics, comparative European politics, and political economy.

Compulsory Political Science module:

Analysing Political worlds
Detailed second year Political Science module descriptions
Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
In your third year, you either write a Dissertation (10,000 words, 40 credits) or take an Independent Study (5,000 words, 20 credits). However, if you are undertaking independent research on the other side of your degree programme, we allow you to choose mainly taught modules in Anthropology, so as to guarantee a reasonable amount of contact time.

Detailed third year Anthropology module descriptions
Political Science:
In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options (there are no compulsory final year Political Science modules), students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States