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SAN4: Ethnographic Areas

This paper is for students taking the Human, Social and Political Science (HSPS) Tripos.

Candidates are required to offer one ethnographic area from a choice of four, which are specified by the Faculty Board each year and are currently expected to be taken from the following list:


Latin America

Middle East

South Asia

Southeast Asia



Inner Asia

Some of these options may later be discontinued and new ones added.


For 2017/18 the following ethnographic area papers will be offered:

SAN4a: Pacific

SAN4b: South Asia

SAN4c: Middle East

Paper Resources


SAN4a - Pacific Paper Guide

SAN4b - South Asia Paper Guide 

SAN4c - Middle East 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.