Bachelor's Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology
The degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to provide a solid disciplinary training based on the cross-cultural variability of sociocultural systems and the anthropological theory behind them, as well as the methods, techniques and procedures that allow to develop ethnographies in a critical manner.
Today, Anthropology is essential to the study of topics related to ethnic inequalities and identities, to class, gender or age; to the cultural variation in social interactions and flows; to the correct functioning of organisations, analyses of complex manifestations of traditional and popular culture, or situation-induced changes requiring specialised actions that take into account cultural diversity.
The UAB's bachelor's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to guarantee a top level specialisation in the fourth year and offers two different academic tracks. One is based on epistemological debates and the learning of the most recent anthropological theories and research lines; while the second focuses on sociocultural and ecocultural interventions through theoretical and practical knowledge of the application bases existing in anthropology, the research of intervention experiences and knowledge of the policies used in the context of these interventions.
Student ProfileThe degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology is addressed to students with a critical spirit, interested in social and cultural differences and inequalities, in the genesis of stereotypes and prejudices, in understanding social habits as the result of cultural processes and not as natural and immutable acts. Students must be able to combine logical thinking with the ability to feel empathy and comprehension towards people and groups with different social and cultural characteristics and be interested in both the details of cultural variability and a critical contrast of the theories which seek to explain this phenomenon]
The main areas of employment are:
- Technical consultants, designing and participating in social and cultural policy-making (at different administration levels and institutions devoted to social attention such as health, immigration, ethnic minorities, social groups, etc.).
- Intercultural mediation in the health, education, housing, employment, food, or consumption sectors.
- Local, regional and/or international development (public administrations, development cooperation agencies and international bodies).
- International cooperation (development cooperation agencies, non governmental organisations).
- Assessment and management of ethnological, cultural and natural heritages (public and private museums, libraries, cultural institutions, provincial governments, cultural management firms, nature interpretation centres).
- Specialised assessment in immigration issues for primary and secondary education centres (public administration).
- Equality technicians (private and public institutions).
- Proximity technicians participating as members of groups devoted to exclusion and social risk prevention or homeless children (mainly in public administration posts).
- Community technicians who develop proposals in awareness-raising of cultural diversity and in the prevention of conflict situations in neighbourhoods or territories with a large immigrant population (mainly in public administration posts).
- Market and consumption research (private and public institutions).
- Human resource and organisation consultants (firms, co-operatives, trade unions).
- Production, documentation and dissemination of contents pertaining to cultural diversity: specialised assessment in the mass media in the field of cultural similarities and differences as well as multicultural societies or international migrations.
- Teaching intercultural mediation in universities, higher education centres or secondary education centres.
- Basic and advanced anthropological research in universities, scientific institutions and research groups.
ECTS methodology consists of continued assessment of all academic work done by students.
Number of credits: 240 ECTS
Duration: 4 years
Period of study: The degree is organised into semesters
Part-time or full-time: Full-time dedication. Part-time option available.
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