BA International Development with Anthropology with a Year Abroad

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This degree is for students interested in culture on the one hand, how people live, understand, and interact within particular environments and how international development affects social change on the other.

You will explore all aspects of cultural diversity alongside the local impacts of the different aspects of international development (economic growth, social and cultural transformation).

You will have the opportunity to draw on other disciplines (economics, geography, politics) to better understand how policy and practice can be improved through greater anthropological engagement.

Overview

This degree is for students interested in culture and society – how people live, understand, and interact within particular environments – and how international development is affected by different cultures on the one hand and affects social transformation on the other. Students taking the degree will explore all aspects of cultural diversity (different economies; types of social organisation; kinship, marriage and descent patterns; ritual and belief systems) alongside the local impacts of the different aspects of international development (economic growth, social and cultural transformation).

Students will have the opportunity to draw on other disciplines within the School of International Development (e.g. economics, geography, politics) to better understand how development policy and practice can be improved through anthropological engagement. Students will develop practical skills in key anthropological methods whilst developing their interest in specific subject areas, both within the School of International Development (e.g. gender, education, health) and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (material culture). Students will also have the opportunity to learn a language (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese) and to participate in an ethnographic film-making workshop. The degree is invaluable for those wishing to make a difference to international development. 

For BA International Development with Anthropology with overseas experience please view course details here

Year 1

In the first year students will be introduced to contemporary debates and issues in international development and anthropology. They will study several core modules which will introduce them to these essential principles:

  • Social Anthropology and International Development 1
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Evidence in Development and Geography

They will also select optional modules from a range offered by the School, including:

  • Introduction to Natural Resources and Development
  • Introduction to Economics of Development
  • Principles of Human Geography

Year 2

In their second year students will continue to deepen and widen their knowledge of anthropology and international development whilst also developing research skills, and advancing their use of the research methods used by anthropologists to gain practical skills in data collection. The choice of modules is wide, including core anthropology modules.

Core modules are:

  • Social Anthropology and International Development 2
  • Research Methods in Social Anthropology

As part of the research methods course students have the opportunity to participate in an ethnographic film-making workshop with Postcode Films, and produce a short ethnographic film. For past student films, see here.

There is also the opportunity to continue with one of the other disciplinary subject areas (e.g. politics, economics), or choose from a diverse range of issue-related or regional modules. Alternatively, students can study more anthropologically focussed modules in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts or a module from the School of Languages to develop language skills.

Example Modules:

  • Education and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • South Asian Development
  • Latin American Development
  • Sub-Saharan African Development
  • The Modern Middle East
  • Material Worlds
  • Indigenous Arts and Indigenous Peoples
  • French/Spanish/Portuguese

Year 3

In the third year, in addition to further taught modules, students will complete a substantial research project on a topic of their choice relating to the anthropology of international development, supervised by a member of the anthropology team. Students also have the option to take the Overseas Experience element of the course where students undertake work placements in a country of their choice, for example: Uganda, Ecuador, Fiji, India, Cameroon, Mexico, Peru, or they can study in an overseas university. With a greater emphasis on independent skills and employability in the final year students also have the opportunity to undertake the practical, skill-based module ‘Development in Practice’.

Core modules in the third year are:

  • Engaging Anthropology in Development
  • Dissertation

Students will also select modules from a diverse range of topics, examining subjects relating to development and anthropology.

Example Modules:

  • Arts of the Pacific
  • Public Art, Performance and Memory
  • Wars, Humanitarian Crises and Aid
  • Education and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Development in Practice

Please note that course profiles may be reviewed and changed for future years of study.

Assessment

The course is largely assessed by coursework but includes an unseen written examination to assess progress. Coursework typically consists of essays and projects. The dissertation is highly weighted and is the most significant opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate their skills in interdisciplinary analysis in a self-motivated study.

Where Next?

You will graduate with specialist and practical skills needed for a successful career in the UK or overseas. Many of our graduates work in development, including roles in:

  • United Nations World Food Programme
  • British Red Cross
  • Government (both UK and foreign)

Others use the academic and transferable skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, community development, environment, and media. 

Study Abroad

For Home/EU students opting for a Year Abroad the tuition fee is currently £1,350. The Year Abroad tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their Year Abroad and this will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.
Visit our Study Abroad website

Course Modules

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

 

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students â€“ please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Development)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Development)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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