M.A. Social Anthropology and Computing

University of Kent - Canterbury Campus

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
180
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Our regional expertise covers Western and Southeast Europe, Europe, the Middle East, Central South East and Southern, Central and South America, Amazonia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Polynesia. Specialisation in biological anthropology includes forensics and paleopathology, osteology, evolutionary psychology and the evolutionary ecology and behaviour of great apes.

Higher degrees in anthropology create opportunities in many employment sectors including academia, the civil service and non-governmental organisations through work in areas such as human rights, journalism, documentary film making, environmental conservation and international finance. An anthropology degree also develops interpersonal and intercultural skills, which make our graduates highly desirable in any profession that involves working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Our School is highly inter-disciplinary and our postgraduate students can benefit from a wide variety of expertise not only in the traditional fields of social anthropology but also in areas such as environmental anthropology, ethnobotany, conservation biology, biodiversity management, environmental law and, in particular, computing applications for anthropology. The School also houses the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) under its Director, Dr. Michael Fischer. Thanks to the Centre the School is one of the world's leading institutions in the field of the application of computing techniques to anthropology.

The aim of the MA in Social Anthropology with Computing is to prepare you to apply appropriate computer-based methods to anthropological research at a relatively advanced and creative level. You will develop a research perspective in social anthropology - the design, planning, implementation and analysis of anthropological research - and apply specialised computing methods to anthropological research and analysis.

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Programme structure The following Masters programmes are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as having research training status, so successful completion of these courses is sufficient preparation for research in the various fields of social anthropology. Many of our students go on to do PhD research. Others use their Masters qualification in employment ranging from research in government departments to teaching to consultancy work overseas.

Please note that modules are subject to change. Please contact the School for more detailed information on availability.

This programme applies computer-based methods to anthropological research at a relatively advanced and creative level, usually requiring computer programming skills and/or a broad understanding of computing at the applications level. You develop the basics of research in anthropology the design, planning, implementation and analysis of anthropological research and learn to apply specialised computing methods that you develop or adapt to anthropological research and analysis.

Requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in any social science field. In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have not followed a conventional education path.

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