All our students are active and (in)valuable members of our growing Anthropological community. Our undergrads run our social media, organise excursions and extra-curricular activities, participate in administrative meetings, contribute to Open Days, etc.
We are a young Programme, and we want our students to shape the way Anthropology is thought of and taught at our University. Come study with us! You’ll be able to take on unique responsibilities that will boost your CV, teach you administrative skills, and help gear you for life after university.
We want you to gain valuable work experience before heading out into the world. We will help you identify your areas of specialisms and employ University and external networks to help you create contacts.
In your final year, you will be offered a vocational training module, where you will also take on the role of live consultant to apply anthropology to solve a particular problem, ideally in an area in which you wish to work or pursue further study.
100% coursework – no exams
All our modules rely on 100% coursework. There are no exams in anthropology at Plymouth. This is because we want to create inclusive learning environments. We also want to design forms of assessment that reflect real working conditions and truly test the skills anthropologists will need to apply in their future careers.
Anthropology at Plymouth has emerged out of the popular art history course. Accordingly, our BA (Hons) course retains a strong focus on teaching students how to professionally work with images and objects.
How and why are objects displayed in the way they are? Should the Elgin Marbles be returned? How are museums dealing with their colonial legacy?
Our course includes two major field trips. Both of these would cover your travel and accommodation costs, so you would only need to worry about personal spending.
Aside from there being opportunities to get to know your colleagues even better, the field trips allow you to practice core anthropological skills. Thus, the first-year field trip sees us going to London and Oxford, where we visit and compare various ethnographic museums (e.g. Pitt-Rivers Museum and the British Museum). The second field trip is, generally, an international one. The location changes from year-to-year, but it allows us to get in touch with Anthropology students on the European Continent, and do mini-fieldwork projects in a non-British setting.