The MRes in Social Anthropology with Pacific Studies is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the Department of Social Anthropology within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.
You will pursue modules of study devoted to the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation of the Pacific, their significance for the contemporary lives of its many peoples, and the fundamental influence of this region on the discipline of social anthropology.
- The modules provide an understanding of the highly complex social, political and cultural experiences of the historic populations of the Pacific.
- Small class sizes ranging from two to ten students encourages student-led seminars and discussion as well as more contact with supervisors.
- Students are equipped to work with non-government organisations and multinational corporations with interests in the region.
Over two semesters, students take four compulsory modules. Teaching methods include formal lectures combined with seminar style teaching and student-led group work. Lecture class sizes range from five to ten students and tutorial sizes range from two to six students. Modules are assessed through coursework which includes essays, independent research-led assignments, and group assessed oral presentations.
Over the course of the year, with particular focus during the summer months, you will devise a research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. Every taught postgraduate student is assigned an individual supervisor from among the Social Anthropology staff who works with them closely to develop a topic and direction for the end of degree dissertation.
The Department of Social Anthropology provides postgraduates access to a museum collection of ethnographic objects and a common room that includes a general anthropological class library, providing a space that is shared by both staff and postgraduates. The departmental libraries, along with the main library which holds a fine anthropology collection, include materials from all ethnographic regions of the world.
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