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Undergraduate: Part IIB

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For students taking the Human, Social and Political Science (HSPS) Tripos

Part IIB brings students to the most pressing debates and issues in the discipline today.

 

Structure of the course

Two core papers in Advanced Social Anthropology address cutting-edge questions in the fields of Thought, Belief and Ethics (SAN5), and Political Economy and Social Transformations (SAN6). These papers put anthropological studies into direct dialogue with the latest research in fields as diverse as cognitive science, economics, moral and political philosophy, and social theory. In the third core paper, SAN7, students get a chance to specialise in the anthropology of a particular world region. Every year, three regional papers are available to choose from, each of which covers a broad range of topics and conceptual approaches.

Students can also choose from a wide variety of optional papers. These include specialist areas of Social Anthropology, and papers borrowed from elsewhere within the Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) Tripos.

Alternatively, students may opt to do a dissertation. In Social Anthropology, dissertation research can be library-based or archival – but it can also include the student’s own ethnographic fieldwork, usually conducted in the summer vacation between Part IIA and Part IIB. The Division of Social Anthropology does not offer undergraduate students formal training in ethnographic fieldwork methods.

 

Single-subject track

Students take:


(i)    Papers SAN5, SAN6, and SAN7

(ii)    either one paper chosen from Papers SAN8-13, ARC8-33, BAN2–4, BAN6–9, POL13–14, SOC5–15, Paper 5 for the subject History and Philosophy of Science in Part II of the Natural Sciences Tripos,  or a dissertation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. Restrictions apply to taking optional papers in other subjects than Social Anthropology. Please refer to their respective handbooks for more information.

 

Joint-subject tracks

Social Anthropology is unique among the HSPS subjects in that it can be combined with any other major subject in the joint track streams. Please note that students in Part IIB who have taken Part IIA in the HSPS Tripos may not change their subject track between Parts IIA and IIB, unless changing from a joint track to one of the single subjects within it.

Social Anthropology and Politics

(i)    Two papers chosen from POL6, POL10-19. Paper POL10 cannot be taken if POL8 was taken in Part IIA.

(ii)    One paper chosen from SAN5 and SAN6, and one paper chosen from SAN5-SAN13. Paper SAN7 cannot be taken unless the student is also taking SAN5 or SAN6.

(iii)    The student may substitute for one paper a dissertation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Please see the Politics and International Relations website for more information on available papers.

Social and Biological Anthropology

(i)    One paper chosen from SAN5 and SAN6.

(ii)    One paper chosen from BAN6–9.

(iii)    One paper chosen from SAN5–13 and a further paper chosen from BAN6–9; one of these papers may be substituted by a dissertation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Please see the Biological Anthropology website for more information on available papers.

Sociology and Social Anthropology
(i)    Two papers chosen from SOC5–15.

(ii)    One paper chosen from SAN5 and SAN6, and one paper chosen from SAN5–SAN13. Paper SAN7 cannot be taken unless the candidate is also taking SAN5 or SAN6.

(iii)    The student may substitute for one paper a dissertation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Sociology.

Please see the Sociology website for more information on available papers.

Archaeology and Social Anthropology
(i)    Paper ARC6 or ARC7.

(ii)    One paper chosen from SAN5 and SAN6.

(iii)    One paper chosen from ARC8-33 (paper ARC9 can only be taken if a candidate has taken Paper ARC8 at Part IIA) and one paper chosen from SAN5–13; one of these papers may be substituted by a dissertation on a subject approved by the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Please see the Archaeology website for more information on available papers.