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BA Anthropology and Law


UCAS code: ML16 BA/AnthLaw

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details see lse.ac.uk/ugAdmissionsCriteria|

Applications 2012: 87

First year students 2012: 14

First year

(*half unit)

Second year

Third year

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

First year

You will take courses to the value of four units in the first year, equally divided between anthropology and law, to give you a balanced grounding in both subjects.

Second year

In the second year you must take the core courses of Political and Legal Anthropology, Criminal Law and Law of Obligations. Political and Legal Anthropology explores fundamental questions about how a wide range of societies handle conflict, dispute, violence and the establishment and maintenance of forms of political and legal order. For the remaining unit you can choose anthropology courses from a list of approved options. These include the core courses from the BA/BSc in Social Anthropology (Kinship, Sex and Gender; Economic Institutions and their Social Transformations; Anthropology of Religion; Advanced Theory of Social Anthropology) as well as ethnographic and thematic option courses, the availability of which varies from year to year.

The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex and Gender considers the varied ways in which the family, kinship, personhood, femaleness and maleness, birth and sex are understood in different cultures. The Anthropology of Economic Institutions and their Social Transformations examines the institutions of pre-market and market economies and their transformation as a result of state policies, development initiatives and incorporation into the global market. The Anthropology of Religion examines the differences between local religious practices and world religions, explores the reasons why ritual is so central to the organisation of cultural life, looks at the character of particular cosmologies and symbolic schemes, analyses the logic of some non-western systems of thought and philosophy, and considers the relationship between religion and modernity. Advanced Theory of Social Anthropology goes deeply into the roots of modern theory in social anthropology, it examines structuralism, feminism, Marxism and postmodernism, and addresses contemporary perspectives and debates. 

Third year

In the third year you must take Law and Institutions of the European Union and Property II. For the remaining two course units you may again choose from the list of approved options, one course unit each from law and anthropology.


(* half unit)

Anthropology full unit courses (offered every year)

Anthropology half unit courses (typically six are offered each year)

Law option courses