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Social Anthropology studies the relationship between humans and their culture. Your culture is only one way that people interact with each other. Around the world, there are huge variations in culture, from hunter-gatherers to industrialised societies.
Social anthropologists explore cultural differences and the ways people maintain and change their culture over time. Topics covered include politics, globalisation, inequality, human-environmental relations, human rights, visual culture, systems of healing, food, gender, and religion.
While carrying out research, social anthropologists become intimately involved in the lives of the people they work with, usually over an extended period of time. Massey staff and students are currently researching in various parts of Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa and New Zealand.
Social Anthropology is a major and minor subject in the Bachelor of Arts and can also be taken in a certificate or diploma programme. At postgraduate level, Honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, Masters and Doctorate qualifications are available.
146.302 Regional Ethnography
146.303 Practice of Field Work
146.304 Culture, Biology and Racism
146.311 Medical Systems of China, India and the West
146.313 Issues in South Pacific Anthropology*
146.316 Visual Anthropology: Southasia and Global issues*
146.317 Urban Anthropology
146.318 Environmental Anthropology
700 to 900-level
146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory
146.703 The Practice of Anthropology
146.798 Research Report (60)
146.799 Research Report (30)
146.800 MPhil Thesis Social Anthropology
146.816 Thesis (Part I)
146.817 Thesis (Part II)
146.899 MA Thesis Social Anthropology
146.900 PhD Social Anthropology
*Not offered in 2013
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016