UCL Anthropology


Postgraduate Modules 2023-24

UCL Anthropology is running the following modules for postgraduate students during the academic year 2023-24.

The anthropology department offers a wide variety of optional modules for master's students. Many of these are open for all students, independent of their individual programme, as we strive to promote a broad-based approach to our discipline.

Still, some restrictions apply. For example, students in the MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour (MSc HEB) can only take course-specific modules, which, however, also include options run by the Department of Archaeology. Moreover, students not enrolled in the MSc HEB can only take these specific modules if they have a science-based first degree and if individual module tutors allow that.

Most Anthropology modules have no 'cap' on numbers; however, for pedagogical reasons, some module have a maximum number of students allowed to register; we invite you to check the information on the UCL Module Catalogue (under the 'Restrictions' header).

Many optional master's modules are 1.5-2 hour specialist seminars, although some are lab-based practicals. Moreover, many modules come with associated lectures that we advise to attend, as they are open to both postgraduate and undergraduate students. The master's-only seminars will normally assume knowledge of the material presented in these open lectures, and deal with the issues raised at a more advanced level.

Options are assessed by a variety of means, including essays, exams, tests or course-specific project portfolios such as lab-books or films.

Students are advised to discuss the best suited choice of options with their individual programme tutors.

Term 1 Options

  • ANTH0022 The Anthropology of Social Media
  • ANTH0029 The Anthropology of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race
  • ANTH0044 Human Behavioural Ecology
  • ANTH0056 Anthropological Approaches to Eurasian Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies
  • ANTH0060 Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • ANTH0074 Art in the Public Sphere
  • ANTH0081 The Story and I - Finding the Form: A Practical Exploration of Storytelling
  • ANTH0083 Experimental cinema and new media: Form and narrative
  • ANTH0100 Biosocial Anthropology, Health and Environment
  • ANTH0102 Ecology of Human Groups
  • ANTH0110 An Introduction to Social Theory - a foundation course
  • ANTH0114 Research Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • ANTH0118 The Anthropology of Fashion
  • ANTH0135 History and Aesthetics of Documentary
  • ANTH0138 Practical Documentary Filmmaking
  • ANTH0165 Evolutionary Medicine
  • ANTH0182 Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH0191 Anthropology of Death
  • ANTH0193 Anthropology of War
  • ANTH0195 Migration and Health
  • ANTH0197 Current Themes in Material, Visual, Digital and Design Anthropology: Smart Phones
  • ANTH0207 Sonic Experience Production
  • ANTH0218 Primate Conservation
  • ANTH0219 Developing Ideas for Non-Fiction Film and Audio

Term 2 Options

  • ANTH0012 Palaeoanthropology
  • ANTH0017 Informatic Cultures: The Anthropology of Data, Algorithms and Computation
  • ANTH0018 Anthropology of Crime
  • ANTH0040 Primate Anatomy, Evolution and Environments
  • ANTH0043 Anthropology of Technics and Technology
  • ANTH0059 Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH0064 Anthropology of the Built Environment
  • ANTH0067 Design Anthropology
  • ANTH0073 Digital Infrastructure: Materiality, Information and Politics
  • ANTH0076 People and Conservation
  • ANTH0084 Documentary Radio - A Practice-Based Introduction
  • ANTH0095 Psychological Anthropology and Cultural Psychology
  • ANTH0107 Introduction to Statistics for Social Research
  • ANTH0115 Advanced Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • ANTH0136 The Anthropology of Violent Aftermaths
  • ANTH0141 Practical Documentary Filmmaking (Lab-based)
  • ANTH0189 Feature Writing in a multi-media world: journalistic skills for the digital age
  • ANTH0205 Interactive Factual Narratives
  • ANTH0222 Everyday Ethics in Enterprise
  • ANTH0228 Visualizing Others: Colonial and Postcolonial Visual Culture

Term 4 Options

  • ANTH0221 - Skills in Field Primatology