Dr Piers LockeCare of captive elephants.


Why study Anthropology?

Anthropology is primarily the study of humanity, and it explores the human condition in multiple ways.  It is about who we are, how we organize ourselves into groups, and the practices and beliefs that give meaning to our lives.

Anthropology is also about the relations we develop with other forms of life; about the ways we respond to crisis and conflict; about forms of identity and belonging; and about the historical legacies that configure the social world.

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Here at the University of Canterbury, we introduce you to social and cultural anthropology.  Related to human geography, history, indigenous studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, this kind of anthropology is distinctive for a research method called ethnography.  To undertake ethnographic research is to immerse oneself in the activities and relationships of everyday life.

For more information about anthropology and anthropological career paths see:

News and Announcements

Sociology & Anthropology

Sports has inspired people after the earthquakes

Sports has inspired people after the earthquakes

27 January 2015 A University of Canterbury postgraduate student says sports inspired people in Christchurch after the earthquakes. (read article)

Greater understanding of women needed

Greater understanding of women needed

16 January 2015 A University of Canterbury sociology graduate researcher has identified a need for a greater understanding of the ways unintended childlessness impacts on women's lives. (read article)

21 November 2014

Anthropology post-graduates were well represented at the recent joint conference of the New Zealand and Australian Anthropology Associations, held in Queenstown from 10 – 14 November 2014.  Andrea Herbert (recent PhD graduate in Anthropology), Eva Maureau, Rosa Persendt, Tuhina Ganguly and Chandan Bose (PhD candidates in Anthropology) all gave papers at the conference.  Dr Zhifang Song (Anthropology lecturer) also gave a paper at the conference.

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