BA Anthropology and Heritage Studies
Anthropology and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of Anthropology with its focus on people, their ritual and cultures, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism.
The programme Anthropology and Heritage Studies, will offer students the opportunity to study Anthropology which at its core is an exploration of what it means to be human. It takes the whole world as its point of interest and brings one face to face with the eye-opening variety of human behaviours both in the present and from the past. Anthropologists examine the daily and mundane, the rare and ‘exotic’, and the local alongside the global to help address the pressing social issues our world faces nowadays. Doing a degree in anthropology forces you to question ideas and assumptions about right and wrong and good and bad by giving ethically sophisticated consideration to the sustainability of human practices. This makes anthropology the most dynamic, challenging and rewarding discipline one can study in the humanities. What makes our course unique is the way we teach anthropology. We encourage our students to practise, not just learn about, anthropology. Our students have numerous opportunities to go into the field, pursue their own interests and do their own research. They are also able to study and do voluntary work abroad and be active participants in staff’s research projects, both in the UK and abroad. Indeed, we are one of the few places where undergraduate students are provided with in-the-field practical training.
Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.
Typical modules include:
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Interactions with the Environment: Making things, Transforming things
- People’s Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
- Themes and Theories
- Anthropology in Context
- Approaches and Methods in Anthropology
- Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
- Reading Cultures
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Heritage Data Management
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
- Sustainable Development
- Conservation of buildings
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Close relationships with experts in the sector
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page