Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules (60 credits) in Anthropology and half in History (60 credits).
In your first year you take five compulsory modules. Focus on Studying Societies (20 credits) 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 (20 credits) 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 (20 credits) examines the social, economic, and political organisation of a number of African societies and their recent historical transformations. Practising History (A): Skills in History (10 credits) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (10 credits) look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
You then choose one out of the following two modules: Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits) or Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits). You also choose one out of the following four modules: Living in the Middle Ages or The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c. 1800 to the Present or War and Society or United States History 1865-2000 (each module is 20 credits). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them.
- Focus on Studying Societies
- Thinking Anthropologically
- Anthropology of Africa
- Practising History A: Skills in History
- Practising History B: Approaches to History
Choose one out of these two modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Reformation, Rebellion and Reformation: the Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
Choose one out of these four modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
- War and Society
- United States History 1865-2000 (please note that numbers on this module may be capped)
Detailed descriptions of first year Anthropology modules
Detailed descriptions of first year History modules
In the second year you study the Theory, Ethnography and Research module (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.
You engage in a Group Research module (20 credits) and extend your historical knowledge through a History Option (20 credits) chosen from a wide range available. You can also choose one module from History in Theory and Practice (20 credits), Research Methods (20 credits) and you may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (20 credits) .
- Theory, Ethnography and Research
- Option module in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology with an anthropological focus
- Group Research
- History Option
Choose from one of the following:-
- History in Theory and Practice
- Research Methods
- Students may also be able to take the Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited)
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.
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The final year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You may write an Anthropology Dissertation (10,000 words, 40 credits) or take an Independent Study module (5,000 words, 20 credits). However, if you are undertaking independent research in your History credits, we allow you to choose mainly taught modules in Anthropology so as to guarantee a reasonable amount of contact time.
You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B (20 credits). You can choose between an in-depth Special Subject module (20+20 credits), which is chosen from a variety of available subjects or a History Dissertation (40 credits). Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.