In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in Anthropology and half in African Studies (60 credits)
Anthropology: The first year provides a broad introduction to anthropological ideas in addition to a wide-ranging skills course. You will take Focus on Studying Societies (20 credits), Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits) and African Societies (20 credits).
African Studies: You will explore a wide range of issues relating to the African subcontinent from different academic perspectives. In the first year you take three foundation modules in the Department, to introduce you to the history, cultures, environments, societies and contemporary political situations of Africa.
Detailed descriptions of first year modules
Anthropology: In this year you take Theory, Ethnography and Reseach (40 credits), as well as 20 credits of optional modules that have an anthroplogical focus.
African Studies: In your second year you take Perspectives on Africa, which covers breaking news stories and provides dissertation preparation. You also choose two other modules.
The option to study for a semester abroad
You will have the option to study abroad in the either the first or second semester of your second year, so you will still be able to complete your degree in three years. Credits are gained in your subject area at the institution you choose. There is a wide variety of universities to choose from which are approved by the University of Birmingham's International Office with the Study Abroad and Exchanges Scheme.
Detailed descriptions of second year modules
In your final year you will write a Dissertation (10,000 words, 40 credits). You will be supported in a series of one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, and will present your research to other students and members of staff during a series of workshops. In addition, you will take 80 credits of taught modules from a list of options.
Detailed descriptions of third year modules
In the Anthropology half of your programme, we introduce you to the discipline of social and cultural anthropology. You learn the tools, methods, contents and contexts of classical social anthropology and contemporary theoretical debates, all of which provide a solid foundation for second- and third-year project and dissertation work.
African Studies is a broad degree programme which combines arts and social science approaches. The Department of African Studies and Anthropology is a small, friendly community of undergraduates, postgraduates, visiting scholars and staff.
The Department of African studies and Anthropology (incorporating the Centre for West African Studies) at the University of Birmingham is the only one of its kind in the world.
All staff have lived and worked in Africa, so you get the benefit of their invaluable first-hand experience.
Teaching programmes are grounded in the African people's own view of the continent and the world.
Student satisfaction scores for African Studies at Birmingham are very high, with 93% of students reporting that they are satisfied with the quality of the course.
The University of Birmingham is first for employability nationally for all African Studies degree courses. 86% of African Studies graduates who graduated in 2011 were in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after graduating.
- African Studies and Anthropology has been ranked second among all Area Studies departments in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The Danford Collection is a nationally important collection of African Art and Artefacts that celebrates and showcases the extensive array of cultural traditions and artistic expression from the countries in Africa.
CWASSOC is very active in organising social events, for example the biannual Afrika Jam. It also arranges excursions to places and events of interest (for example the Slavery Gallery at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool).
Hannah Patterson (second year Joint Honours Anthropology)
African Studies, Anthropology and Development at Birmingham
June 2013 open day talk given by Dr Maxim Bolt
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: BBB
Additional information: Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements
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