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:
- Current PhD Student Profiles
- Current MA Student Profiles
- Completed Theses
- College facilities and resources for postgraduate student
Learn More about Anthropology as a Career
Here are some useful links about how studying Anthropology leads to a career:
- Advance Your Career
- Why Companies are desperate to hire anthropologists
- Anthropology is taking over the world
Sociology and Anthropology Events, News and Announcements
11 September 2015: Sessional lecturer in human services and social work, Dr Cindy Zeiher recently presented a paper at the History of Emotions Conference hosted by the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies in Wellington. Read more...Read more... Read more... Read more... PLOS ONE. Read more... Gajah, the journal of the IUCN’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group titled “The Anomalous Elephant: Terminological Dilemmas and The Incalcitrant Domestication Debate”. Read more... Read more...