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 study the history, languages, cultures and varieties of social organisation in societies 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 and contemporary populations of the Pacific.
- Small class sizes ranging from two to ten students encourage student-led seminars and discussion as well as more contact with supervisors.
- Students are equipped to work with non-governmental 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, guided study and reading groups, and student-led group work. Lecture class sizes range from five to ten students, and tutorial sizes range from one to six students.
Modules are assessed through 100% coursework which may include 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 will work with them closely to develop a topic and direction for the dissertation.
The Department of Social Anthropology provides postgraduates with access to a museum collection of ethnographic material and a common room that includes a general anthropological library, providing a space that is shared by both staff and postgraduates. The departmental libraries, together with the main University library which holds a fine anthropology collection, include resources covering nearly all regions of the world.
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