SOAS Anthropology Now

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Module overview

This module introduces students to social/cultural anthropology as it is taught, researched, and practiced by SOAS anthropologists. Throughout each term, members of the department visit the class to share their current research and talk with students about the larger significance of their work for the discipline and the world at large. Through these guest lectures, in-depth discussions led by the module convenors, and close reading of contemporary anthropological texts, students gain an understanding of the breadth and range of anthropological research undertaken at SOAS today.

The module also provides students with a personal introduction to members of the department, their teaching and research interests, and their areas of regional expertise, which will help when it comes time to choose which option modules you will take in the second and third year.


This module is open only to students on the BA Social Anthropology (single hons), and is a required element of the Year 1 curriculum.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, a student will:

  • Know about the research and theoretical interests of most members of the Department of Anthropology at SOAS.
  • Have knowledge of ethnographic and theoretical issues that the department collectively feels to be central to contemporary Social/Cultural Anthropology.
  • Understand the kinds of topics anthropologists address in their work and the major emphases of anthropological research and practice today.
  • Be aware of ethnographically grounded theoretical issues on which modules in the second and final years will be focused.
  • Be able to make an informed choice concerning Year 2 and Year 3 Anthropology option modules.


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