Anthropology Course Overview

Anthropology Course Overview

Anthropology is the study of the human species throughout the wolrd and throughout time. It is concerned with both biological (physical development) and cultural features.

What will you study?

The course will give you insight to the development of the human race through the millennia and the impact of humans on other humans.

Anthropology studies fall under four main subdivisions covering aspects of society and culture: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaelogy and linguistic anthropology. You will learn about tools and techniques, traditions, language, beliefs, kinships and values, as well as social institutions, economic mechanisms, standards of beauty and art, struggles for prestige, and so on.

Fieldwork and research form an important part of the course.

Core subjects

Archaelogy; class. ethnicity, ethnocentrism, gender, religion and culture change; cultural aspects of language and communication; kinship. sex and marriage; mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human adaptability and variation,; primatology and fossil records of human evolution; social control and political organisation; subsistence and other economic patterns.

Typical course duration

A degree course in anthropology takes at least three years to complete.


There are no specific prerequisite subjects for this course.

What do graduates do?

Anthropology graduates can find work in archaelogy firms, libraries, laboratories and museums under the government or various public and private organisations, assisting in social science and forensic investigations. They also teach and do research in colleges and universities.