Department of Anthropology & Development Studies

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Department of Anthropology & Development Studies


The degree programmes offered by this department provide one with an excellent understanding of contemporary anthropology and development studies and the close (if at times tense) relationship between them. Development Studies is a field of study that focuses on the problems of development. It arose out of a need to gain a better understanding of, and offer possible solutions to, a wide range of social, economic and development challenges facing underdeveloped communities. A knowledge of Development Studies is indispensable to officers in government departments responsible for the delivery of basic needs to communities. Graduates may be employed by NGOs, welfare organizations, Regional Councils and Municipalities, who all need people with a thorough understanding of development to function effectively. The Development studies degree is spread over three years and comprises modules from Development Studies, Politics, Public Governance, as well as foundation modules in English language. There is also a choice of elective modules in the second year which include offerings from Political Science, Business Studies, Economics and other relevant disciplines. Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three thematic and overlapping concentrations form the focus of our department. These innovative concentrations consider humans as their lives are framed simultaneously by cultural meanings, the social systems in which they participate, and the biology and ecology of the human species in its evolutionary context and contemporary variation. The anthropology degree is spread over three years and comprises modules from Antropology, Globalisation & Migration: Past and Present Diasporas, Theoretical schools of thought in Anthropology, Ethnography as an Anthropological genre, to name but a few.

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