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Department of Social Anthropology

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SAN4: Ethnographic areas

In Part IIA students studying single track Social Anthropology are required to study one ethnographic area from a choice of four, which are listed below:

IIA students studying Social Anthropology as a joint track with other subjects in the Tripos have the option of choosing an ethnographic area paper.

SAN4 Ethnographic area papers are all principally seminar taught and numbers are capped. This ensures that students have assigned topics and read for the seminars and take turns in presenting to the rest of the group.  SAN4 papers are assessed by an end of year exam, but are not supervised so that students are able to devote their time and energies to preparation for seminars.

Ethnographic area papers offered 2020-21:

SAN4a: Africa

SAN4e: Pacific

SAN4f: Inner Asia

SAN4g: Europe


Ethnographic area papers provisionally listed 2021-22: 

SAN4b: South America

SAN4e: Pacific

SAN4f: Inner Asia

SAN4g: Europe


In other years the following ethnographic area papers have been offered:

Southeast Asia

Latin America



Paper Resources


SAN4a - Africa Paper Guide

SAN4c - Middle East Paper Guide

SAN4d - South Asia Paper Guide

SAN4e - Pacific Paper Guide


For lecture reading lists, additional teaching materials, past exam questions and exam reports please see the SAN4 Moodle Course

Please note teaching staff and students enrolled on SAN4 will automatically be enrolled on the SAN4 Moodle course and you will find a link to the course in the ‘My Home’ section of Moodle.

If you are a member of the University of Cambridge and you wish to view the reading lists, past exam questions and exam reports then you can access the SAN4 Moodle Course as a guest. For more information on how to access Moodle Courses as a guest please see Moodle Help.