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Discover Social Anthropology

Our free Discover Days encourage young people and their teachers to think about the world as anthropologists.

Meet some students who have opted for anthropology at A-level.

Who is it for?

This free event is for sixth formers and their teachers who are interested in anthropology.

What is Social Anthropology?

That depends on who you talk to. Geography with culture? History of the living? Economics of everyday life? Psychology in society? Philosophy in the flesh? Languages in action? Art in practice? It's all this - and more.

Around the world, human beings organise their social lives and relationships to the environment in a remarkable variety of ways. Social Anthropology focuses on what it means to be human in both local and global terms, ranging from everyday routines that give meaning to lives in particular places to the momentous historical trends affecting all humanity.

What happens at a Discover Day?

Through a series of interactive workshops, students will learn to think about the world as anthropologists do and question what it means to be human. They will also have the opportunity to put current students on the spot, get inspired by stories of anthropologists' research and gain an understanding of a unique and fascinating subject.

Why should teachers get involved?

Are you already recommending Social Anthropology as a subject to study at university to students on other A-levels? Are you thinking about proposing the new Anthropology A-level at your school or college? Perhaps you are already teaching the A-level? Whichever of these it may be, we would encourage you to attend our workshop to find out more about the resources and approaches that you might use in adding to the A-levels on offer at your institution.

Questions for students

If you answer yes to any of these questions, a Social Anthropology degree might be right for you.

  • Did you enjoy the 'human' part of Geography A-level?
  • Were you intrigued by the motivations underlying events in Politics, Psychology or Philosophy?
  • Do you find the social aspects of History and Economics fascinating?
  • Would you like to find out how languages and art impact on social life in different cultures across the world?

Whatever career you choose in later life, we live in a globalised world so the awareness of cultural diversity that studying Social Anthropology encourages will be very valuable to you.

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To pre-register, please contact Gillian Evans (