In the Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) Tripos, students in Part IIA and Part IIB can choose from a range of optional Social Anthropology courses that vary from year to year. These optional courses reflect the current research interests of Social Anthropology staff and may include subjects such as:
- the anthropology of city life
- law and justice
- medicine and health
- the anthropology of socialist and post-socialist life
Part IIA Social Anthropology Single track (HSPS Tripos)
Students taking Social Anthropology in the single-subject track can also pursue an interest outside Social Anthropology, either by maintaining interdisciplinary links established in the Part I HSPS or by taking an approved paper from another Tripos. They can choose between SAN8-13, ARC8, ARC10-33, BAN2-4, POL3-4, SOC2-3, SOC5, and Paper 1 or Paper 2 for the subject History and Philosophy in Part IB of the Natural Sciences Tripos. Students wishing to ‘borrow’ papers should seek further advice about recommended preparation from senior Social Anthropology staff.
Part IIB Social Anthropology (HSPS Tripos)
Students may substitute an optional paper for a dissertation whether they are taking the single-subject track in Social Anthropology or the joint-subject track. The dissertation should be on a subject in social anthropology approved by the Faculty Board, which shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 20. Dissertations (maximum length 10,000 words) can be primarily library-based, but some students use the dissertation as an opportunity to do ethnographic fieldwork under a staff member’s supervision either at home or abroad. Please see the Dissertation page for further information.
Students taking Social Anthropology in the single-subject track can also pursue an interest outside Social Anthropology, by taking an approved paper from another Tripos. They can choose between SAN8-13, ARC8, ARC10-33, BAN2-4, BAN6-9, POL13-14, SOC5-15. Students wishing to ‘borrow’ papers should seek further advice about recommended preparation from senior Social Anthropology staff.
Social Anthropology Optional Papers for 2016/17
For 2016/17 the following papers are offered:
- SAN8: Anthropology and Development
- SAN10: The Anthropology of Post-Socialist Societies
- SAN11: Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture
Social Anthropology Optional Papers not offered for 2016/17
The following papers have been offered in the past, and may be again in the future, but will not be offered during the academic year 2016/17:
- SAN9: Science and Society
- SAN12: Medical Anthropology
- Gender, Kinship and Care
- Anthropology of Colonialism and Empire
- Anthropology of Cities and Space
- Anthropology and Law