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Archaeology and Anthropology - Course Outline

Part I

First Year

In the first year, students need to study each of the three core subjects including biological anthropology, social anthropology, and archaeology, with a fourth paper selected from either.

  • an interdisciplinary paper focusing topics such as the human ecology, evolution of society, sex and gender, and language and culture, or
  • papers shared with the Faculty of Sociology, Psychology, Politics and International Studies such as Introduction to Sociology, Politics and Social Psychology or
  • a paper introducing Mesopotamian and Egyptian Cultures

Students who wish to study Egyptoptions and Ancient Near East they need to take either ancient Egyptian language or Akkadian and also the paper introduction to Mesopotamian Egyptian Cultures. They also need to select two out of three core papers in biological anthropology, archaeology, and social anthropology. Students may study Egyptian and Akkadian languages and they need to take only one core Anthropology and Archaeology option.

Part II

Second and Third Year

In this part, students may choose to specialize in one of the following: biological anthropology, archaeology (including the Ancient Near East) and social anthropology. The second year provides students a firm foundation that leads to further specialize in their final year.


Students may take two core papers on Archaeology in Action and Archaeological Thought each year of part second, as well as:

Part Second (A)

  • A third paper on Archaeological Practice
  • Two optional papers selected from a wide rage of geographically or chronologically focused papers and archaeological science (available options may include pre-Hellenic Greece, India and Americas).

Part Second (B)

  • Two optional papers
  • A third optional paper or a dissertation

Students may specialize in Ancient Near East within Archaeology. They need to take the proper ancient language paper in each year of part second or two language papers if they select to follow the Egyptology and Assyriology stream, plus:

Part Second (A)

Either two or three papers laying emphasis upon the historical archaeology, archaeology and culture or religion of their selected region. Students who are opting for the Egyptology should take one of the core archaeology papers as mentioned above as one of the three options. Students who are opting Assyriology stream may do so or can restrict their option choices within their regional interest. Students who are pursuing the Egyptologystream and Assyriology may not have core archaeology papers available to them.

Part Second (B)

Either two or three papers laying emphasis upon the historical archaeology, archaeology, culture or religion of their chosen regions. Students who are following the straight Egyptology discipline take a core archaeology paper as one of the three options. Students who are opting Assyriology stream may do so or they may limit their options within their regional focus. Students who are pursuing Egyptology and Assyriology do not have the core archaeology paper available to them. A fifth paper from a similar range or a dissertation. Students ought to present a dissertation in this part.

Biological Anthropology

Part Second 'A'

The second year focuses upon methods and theories in biological anthropology. It also describes how to study humans from a biological perspective. In this part, students take five papers of which there are three core papers and students need to choose remaining two papers from a choice of twelve. This part covers topics including:

  • Ecological anthropology
  • Evolutionary anthropology
  • A seminar based paper on a special subject (examples may include sex in primates, disease in the third world war, the evolution of the human mind)
  • Analytical methods

Part Second 'B'

The third year comprises advanced papers that focus main issues in various branches of subject including:

  • Human evolution
  • Human ecology
  • Human and primate genetics and behaviour
  • A project of dissertation on a topic of students' choice

Social Anthropology

Part Second 'A'

  • A core paper on the anthropology of politics and religion
  • A core paper on the anthropology of kinship and economics
  • A core paper on anthropology theory
  • A choice of optional papers such as anthropology and law, anthropology of colonialism and empire, communication and the arts

Part Second 'B'

  • A choice of regional papers comprising Europe, Latin America and Southern Africa
  • A choice of optional papers
  • An independently researched dissertation
  • Core papers on advanced social anthropology, belief and ethics, thought, political economy and social transformation

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