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Programme Details 2016-2017


BSc Single Honours
Department of Life Sciences

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Dr Istvan Praet, 020 8392 5758, istvan.praet@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information, please contact the Department Administrator, Meera Mahadeva, 020 8392 3601, meera.mahadeva@roehampton.ac.uk.

LOCATION: The modules in this programme are taught at the Whitelands College.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: This programme will provide students with both theoretical expertise and practical training in Anthropology.

AIMS: This programme aims to:

  • promote a broad based approach to the study of anthropology with interdisciplinary integration where appropriate;
  • introduce students to a broad range of contemporary issues relating to the methods and practice of research in anthropology;
  • equip students with sufficient technical and methodological knowledge for them to be able to undertake supervised research projects and to provide them with the skills for future independent research and study;
  • develop in students an understanding of the historical, scientific and social contexts within which anthropology has developed;
  • develop in students the ability to describe and explain systematically the range of human behaviours and the functioning of societies at a number of levels;
  • foster a critical approach to the evaluation of anthropological data and information, including the ability to apply relevant statistical analysis using computer technology where appropriate.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and understanding of concepts in anthropology;
  • critically evaluate primary and secondary sources on issues relating to anthropology;
  • demonstrate expertise and relevant skills in science and social science at a level appropriate to undergraduate study;
  • apply critical, analytical and research skills to a range of topics in anthropology, using an interdisciplinary approach when appropriate;
  • use statistical skills to analyse project-based and field research studies;
  • use written and oral skills to communicate effectively;
  • carry out practical procedures as a basis for employment, further study or research in anthropology and related disciplines;
  • access and use information sources effectively.


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Below is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.


Required modules
~ANT020C151Y - Being Human
~ANT020C152Y - Special Topics in Anthropology
~ANT020C154Y - Human Ecology and Adaptation
~ANT020C157Y - Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
~ANT020C158Y - Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product
~ANT020C159Y - Introduction to Evolution


Required modules
~ANT020N171A - Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies
~ANT020N172S - Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
~ANT020N175Y - Humans and other Primates [prerequisite: ANT020C159Y]
~ANT020N177Y - Research Methods in Anthropology [prerequisite: ANT020C151Y]
~ANT020N178A - Cultural Politics on Tour
~BSS020N219Y - Understanding Behaviour [prerequisite: ANT020C159Y]

Optional module
ANT020N174Y - Anthropology Directed Reading


Compulsory modules
Either #ANT040X190Y - Anthropology Dissertation [prerequisite: BSS020N231 or ANT020N177Y]
or #ANT020X192Y - Anthropology Independent Study

Optional modules
ANT020X181Y - Primate Biology and Conservation
ANT020X182Y - Palaeoanthropology [prerequisite: ANT020N175Y]
ANT020X183A - Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course [optional student funded module]
ANT020X185Y - Human Osteology and Diversity
ANT020X187S - HIV/AIDS and Global Health
ANT020X188S - Culture, "Madness" and Medicalization
ANT020X197A - The Anthropology of Life and Death
ANT020X198A - Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution
BSS020X342Y - Animal Behaviour and Cognition [prerequisite: BSS020N219Y]

Module annotations:
# - compulsory module (must be passed)
~ - required module (must be taken).

a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS020C103Y = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS020C103Y = 20 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS020C103Y) denotes the module level (eg C = Level 4, N = Level 5, X = Level 6), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS020C103Y), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS020C103Y). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H Summer term/Summer intensive mode and Y - All year.

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessments and descriptions. Where an assessment has more than one component all elements must be passed, unless individual module assessment details state otherwise.

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