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Social Anthropology - International Baccalaureate at Holmesdale School

Course description

This specification will be taught for the first time from September 2018 as part of the International Baccalaureate. Students shall be required to both submit coursework and sit examinations at the end of the two year course.  

In studying this course students will come to appreciate how anthropology as a discipline contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as war and conflict,the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality and human and cultural rights. 

Course content

Students undertaking this course will have the opportunity to become acquianted with anthropological perspective and ways of thinking and to develop critical, reflexive knowledge. Social and cultural anthropology contributes to a distinctive approach to intercultural awareness and understanding.

It allows students to develop the capacity to recognise preconceptions and assumptions of their own social and cultural environments through an exploration of both the familiar and unfamiliar worlds of other people.

The IB Diploma Programme social and cultural anthropology course offers an opportunity for students to explore and understand humankind in all its diversity through the comparative study of culture and human societies. The study of social and cultural anthropology offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assumptions. 

Entry requirements

English GCSE grade 5+ and Maths GCSE grade 4+


This course comprises of 75% written examination and 25% coursework. 

Future opportunities

The anthropology job market is competitive.

Today's anthropologist do not just work in exotic locations but can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers. They can be found in corporations, at all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Anthropologists work in disaster areas, like the aftermath of hurricanes, war-torn areas, medical professions and banking. 

Further information

Apply through UCAS Progress.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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