Anthropology is a highly rewarding – even life changing – subject to study at university. At the LSE you will be pushed to question many of your core assumptions and exposed to radically different ways of thinking.
In our globalised world understanding the social and cultural foundations of human life has taken on a real urgency. Can people from different backgrounds learn to get along with each other? Is the "mixing of cultures" a new phenomenon, or something that has always happened? What are its implications? Will modernisation and development bring traditional modes of human existence to an end? If so, should we welcome or try to stop this?
Through exploring such questions, you will learn how to think critically as well as acquiring specific skills in the analysis of social and cultural phenomena. You will also learn vital communication skills: how to write clearly and persuasively, how to give engaging presentations, and how to argue your case.
You will also learn the craft of ethnography – the method that anthropologists have pioneered for collecting data about human societies and cultures. In our undergraduate degree students do their own ethnographic projects, developing research skills that can be used in a range of careers after graduation.