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Study Anthropology at Otago

Maori statue carving

Overview

Anthropology combines the study of the cultural grounding of social life with the material evidence of the human past.

In Social Anthropology we study the relationships between and within groups of people who are ‘not like us’ – from whichever group of people it is that ‘we’ as researchers might belong. Through comparison we discover the surprising differences in everyday living around the world.

In Archaeology we study the material evidence of the human past – from monument structures like the ceremonial statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to smaller portable artefacts such as posts and stone tools – to better understand our human origins, and societies and environments of the past. Students who wish to specialise in Archaeology major in Anthropology.

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Contact details

Email anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Website Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Anthropology (ANTH) papers

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Anthropology

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level ANTH papers 36
200-level

One of ANTH 208, ANTH 210 or ANTH 211

Two further 200-level ANTH papers

BIOA 201  Biocultural Human Skeletal Biology, may be substituted for one 200-level ANTH paper.

36

18

300-level

Four 300-level ANTH papers

BIOA 301 Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, may be substituted for one 300-level ANTH paper.

72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Anthropology

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology - coursework option

Papers

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Minor Subject Requirements

Anthropology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level ANTH papers

36

200-level

Two 200-level ANTH papers

36

300-level

One 300-level ANTHpaper

18
Total   90

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