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Anthropology Overview

How are different societies distinct and how are they they same? How has evolution forged our thinking patterns? What makes up culture? Anthropology explores the outstanding multitude of ways in which humans live within the world. In the UK, this is split into two main types: Social Anthropology and Biological Anthropology.

Social anthropology is concerned with how people live within the contemporary world. Social anthropologists spend years living in a specific environment, known as a 'Field Site', which could range from a secluded village in the developing world, to a religious populace in London. This enables them to observe how the people think, live, and relate to one another, and provides them with an understanding of the culture from an isolated view point, but equally to take into account the political, historical, economic and ecological components that have assembled it. The study of anthropology also investigates how social and political theory, to a large extent, is laced with the preconceived assumption that Western behaviour represents that of the rest of the world and how such a perception can infiltrate policies of government and international development. By experiencing other ways of living, Anthropologists are uniquely equipped to challenge such falsehoods, in order to develop fairer, truer and more rigorous paradigms to better go about understanding and improving the world.

Biological Anthropology explores the ways in which human evolution has provided such a diverse range of cultures, which is one of the many distinguishing factors between ourselves and any other species. In order to do this, anthropologists examine human social behaviour against that of other mammals and carrying out analysis' of archaeological and fossil records to determine how and when the materialization of human life as we know it took place. The physiological and genetic variations amongst modern populations are also of significance to anthropologists, and the examination of how humans have adapted to their respective environments. Both respective anthropology branches investigate how human biology alters or inhibits behaviour on a social and cultural level.

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Best Reasons to Study Anthropology

By studying Anthropology, you will be trained in a multitude of research techniques, methods and skills that anthropologists use throughout the duration of your courses. You will administrate research projects within a broad range of UK and international projects, with lecturer support. The majority of universities grasp the importance of industry-based and practical experience, meaning you may be offered the opportunity to partake in work experience or opt for a year in industry. You will learn analytical and research skills, as well as coherent writing, critical reading and effective reading skills, equipping you for a variety of career paths, including government organisations and NGO development work.

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