M.A. Anthropology & Cultural Politics

Goldsmiths, University of London

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Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,870 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,340 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics is an interdisciplinary programme in anthropology, directed at students from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social and political sciences, artists, and professionals in the media and cultural sectors.

The objective of the MA is to address contemporary issues in culture and politics from an anthropological perspective, drawing on the commitment of the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths to build a public anthropology.

The MA is organised around a critical investigation of the central thematic concepts of its title: 'culture', 'power', and 'politics', as well as 'anthropology' itself.

Each of these terms are posited in this programme as questions for critical reflection and students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects that investigate the meanings attributed to these terms in contemporary social contexts.

The programme is particularly interested in the intersections of 'culture' and 'power', and the consideration of what may be called 'cultural politics'.

* How and when does 'culture' become apprehensible as 'political'?
* How and when does 'power' operate upon or within 'culture'? Is it even tenable to uphold and retain this distinction?
* If so, what are the analytical or interpretive benefits?
* What may be the disadvantages or pitfalls?
* If not, what is implicated in the politicisation of 'culture' or the culturalisation of 'power' and 'politics'?
* How can these concerns be studied in the ongoing struggles over 'culture' in everyday life?

In addition to the core modules, options can be selected from several departments and centres (Anthropology, Cultural Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Media and Communications, and Sociology).


Dissertation a thorough critical discussion of existing knowledge in a relevant area; reports; take-home papers. Options may require a presentation or production of visual material.


Modules and Structure

* Anthropology and Cultural Politics (30 credits)
* Anthropology Theory (30 credits)
* Option modules [within the Department of Anthropology, or the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Media & Communications, Politics, Sociology, or Centre for Cultural Studies] (60 credits)
* Dissertation (60 credits)

*Students who have an anthropology background can replace Anthropological Theory with an additional option module.

Core modules

Code / Module title / Credits * AN71035B' Anthropology and Cultural Politics 30 CATS

* AN71081B Anthropological Theory 30 CATS
* AN71084A Dissertation 60 CATS

Option modules

In addition to options in the Department of Anthropology, modules can be selected from several other departments and centres (Cultural Studies,English, Media and Communications, and Sociology).

Code / Module title / Credits

* AN71076B Anthropology of Rights 30 CATS
* AN71013B Anthropology & Gender Theory 30 CATS
* AN71022C Critical Voices in Development 60 CATS
* AN71080A History and Anthropology 30 CATS
* AN71090A Anthropology and Representation 60 CATS
* AN71085A Anthropology and the Visual II 30 CATS
* AN71002B Anthropology and the Visual: Production Module 30 CATS
* AN71004B Anthropology of Art I 30 CATS
* AN71031C Anthropology of Art II 30 CATS
* AN71015B Anthropology of Health and Medicine I 30 CATS
* AN71082A Anthropology of Religion 30 CATS
* AN71089A Anthropological Research Methods 30 CATS
* AN71087A Economic and Political Anthropology I 30 CATS
* AN71088A Economic and Political Anthropology II 30 CATS
* AN71032B Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies 30 CATS
* AN71028A Environmental Anthropology 30 CATS
* AN71072A Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia 30 CATS
* AN71008A Ethnography of Selected Region II (Caribbean) 30 CATS

Please note: due to staff research commitments not all of these modules are available every year. * AN71015B Anthropology of Health and Medicine I 30 CATS
* AN71088A Economic and Political Anthropology II 30 CATS


You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you arent a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enroll and study on our programmes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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