|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
Are you curious about how societies work, develop and transform? Do you wonder about how societies can promote the welfare of individuals and families? Our Sociology and Social Policy joint honours programme offers you the opportunity to analyse these questions from a theoretical and practical perspective.
Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has a range of experts working on social anthropology in regions as diverse as the Middle East, Europe, China and Amazonia.
Our academic in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research are internationally recognised for their expertise in social policy and their varied research gives you the opportunity to study diverse areas ranging from neglect and crime to education and employment.
You will learn to understand and address the challenges of our time and will be given skills to contribute to society in a wide range of exciting careers after you graduate.
In your first year, you start by studying the fundamentals of social anthropology and social policy. You then continue to learn about different quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant for both disciplines. There is a special focus on ethnography, a method used by social anthropology to understand diverse social worlds.
During all stages of your studies you have the opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests and include topics like South East Asian societies, ethnicity and nationalism, and understanding social care.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice, presenting your findings in writing or in the form of a visual or digital essay. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
In this video, Social Anthropology staff and students discuss the experiences of the course.
Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has a number of excellent subject-specific facilities to help your learning. These include:
You also have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service also offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as:
The School of Anthropology and Conservation puts on many events that you are welcome to attend. We host two public lectures a year for which we have been able to attract leading anthropological figures from around the world. In 2017 we hosted paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
There are also events available throughout the year in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research that focus on topical issues and may include: