UCC Undergraduate courses

Anthropology

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Anthropology

  • Code

    CK123

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 or 4 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,250. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    New for 2020

  • CAO Points Range

    New for 2020

Course Outline

Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind in the cultures of the world, both past and present. This exciting field seeks to understand what it means to be human. Anthropologists explore the biological and cultural aspects of humanity, using cross-cultural comparisons to understand the variability of human existence the world over. These insights can address urgent issues of our time, such as the impact of globalization, sustainability and the environment, social and ethnic diversity, and the pursuit of social justice.

The BA in Anthropology in UCC is an interdisciplinary programme that provides a strong foundation in the sub-fields of Archaeology and Sociology, as well as broad exposure to disciplines such as Celtic Civilization, Ethnography and Folklore, Ethnomusicology, History, Philosophy, and Religion and Global Diversity. This degree will provide students with the intellectual and practical means to understand cultural diversity around the world, and with an ability to view our own culture in a critical manner. Anthropology students acquire skills relevant to careers that involve working with individuals of diverse national or ethnic backgrounds, where an ability to gather and interpret data about human societies is important for employment in government and non-government agencies, academia, industry and community bodies.

Academic director: Professor Arpad Szakolczai

Anthropology Year 1 (60 credits)

  • AY1001 Introduction to Anthropology (5 credits)
  • AR1001 The Archaeology of Ireland in Context (15 credits)
  • SC1005 Introduction to Sociology (5 credits)
  • SC1006 Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits)
  • HI1007 Anti-Semitism in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Holocaust (5 credits)
  • HI1012 Women in Europe since 1800 (5 credits)
  • RG1001 Religions in the Contemporary World (15 credits) or FL1004 Irish Folklore and Culture: an Introduction (15 credits)

Anthropology Year 2 (60 credits)

Core modules (50 credits)

  • AR2050 Archaeological Theory and Anthropology (5 credits)
  • AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists (5 credits) or AR2048 Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (5 credits)
  • AR2051 The Archaeology and Anthropology of War in Small-scale Societies (5 credits)
  • AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval and Viking Britain or AR2042 The Archaeology of Later Medieval Ireland or AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe or AR2047 The Iron Age in Western and Central Europe.
  • SC2001 Foundation in Sociological Theory (5 credits) SC2012 Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Nationalism (5 credits) or SC2034 Cities and Sustainable Living (5 credits)
  • SC2002 Research Project 1 (5 credits)
  • SC2018 Sociology of Culture and Art (5 credits)
  • AY2001 Anthropology Field School (5 credits)
  • AY2002 Anthropology Research Seminar (5 credits)

Elective modules (10 credits required)

  • FL2004 Folklore and Gender (5 credits)
  • FL2012 Exploring the Otherworld: Popular Beliefs and Symbols (5 credits)
  • CC2006 Learning and Society in Celtic Countries (5 credits)
  • CC2011 Gender, Image and Identity in Medieval Ireland (5 credits)
  • CC2012 Myths and Beliefs of the Early Celtic Peoples (5 credits)
  • HI2014 Women in Early Modern Europe 1500–1800 (5 credits)
  • HI2017 Geography and Imagination in the Middle Ages (5 credits)
  • HI2049 The Great Famine: its Making, Meaning and Memory (5 credits)
  • HI2109 The Global Renaissance: 1300–1600 (5 credits)
  • MU2092 Irish Traditional Music Studies and World Music Studies (5 credits)
  • MU2006 Musical Cultures of East Asia (10 credits)
  • MU2084 Singing Ideas in Society (5 credits)
  • Performance option in indigenous music: MU2041 Gamelan 2 or MU2060 Sean-nos 2 or MU2048 Sitar 2 or MU2065 South Indian Konokol (5 credits each)
  • PH2023 Chinese Philosophy (5 credits)
  • PH2028 Applied Ethics (5 credits)
  • RG2307 Indigenous Religions (10 credits)
  • RG2304 Religions of East Asia (10 credits)

 

Anthropology Year 3 (60 credits)

Core modules (50 credits)

  • AR3058 Museums, Archaeology and Anthropology (5 credits)
  • AR3040 Health, Diet and Disease in Early Societies (5 credits)
  • AR3057 Typology to Materiality. Methods and Concepts of material culture studies (5 credits)
  • AR3056 The Archaeology of Post-medieval Ireland c.AD 1550-1750 or AR3037 The Viking World and Ireland or AR3055 Transitions in Prehistory or AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World
  • SC3001 Social Theory II (5 credits)
  • SC3004 The Sociology of Community (5 credits)
  • SC3003 Sociology of Development and Globalization (5 credits)
  • SC3009 Sociology of Religions and Civilizations (5 credits)
  • AY3001 Anthropology Research Seminar 2 (10 credits)

Elective modules (10 credits required)

  • FL3001 Exploring Material Culture and Folklore (5 credits)
  • FL3011 The Ethnographic Interview an Introduction (5 credits)
  • FL3013 Study Stories: Theory and Method (5 credits)
  • HI3051 Ireland and the Beginnings of Europe (5 credits)
  • HI3127 Religion and Magic in Reformation Europe: Witches, Demons, Jews and Heretics (5 credits)
  • HI3134 The Culture and Politics of the Big House in Ireland, 1690–1800 (5 credits)
  • HI3135 The Female Body and British Culture 1800–1918 (5 credits)
  • MU3014 Applied Ethnomusicology (10 credits)
  • MU2034 Music and Cultural Tourism (5 credits)
  • MU2036 Collectors, Collections and Fieldwork in Irish Traditional Music (5 credits)
  • Performance option in indigenous music: MU3041 Gamelan 3 or MU3060 Sean-nos 3 or MU3048 Sitar 3 or MU2065 South Indian Konokol (5 credits each)
  • PH3041 Moral Psychology 2 (5 credits)
  • PH3044 Construction of Social Reality (5 credits)
  • PH3045 Home, Identity and Displacement (5 credits)
  • RG2308 Hinduism and Indian Religions (10 credits)
  • RG2305 Authority and Community (10 credits)

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Each student’s timetable will differ depending on the subjects selected. In First Year, class contact time is around 16 hours, with each subject having three lectures per week plus a one-hour tutorial.

Class contact time in second and third-year workload is broadly similar but will vary depending on which module options you choose. Each 5-credit module has about 24 one-hour lectures.

Students take 60 credits worth of modules each year.

Field trips: Students may be required to attend field trips in some modules, generally involving one or two weekend days each year. They are also required to attend an Anthropology field school in the second year, where a residential course is held over four days during the Easter period.

Why Choose This Course

  • This is the only university primary degree in Anthropology offered in Ireland.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of this degree, modelled on the North American approach, is unique in a European context.
  • The programme provides strong academic learning and applied skills in Anthropology and in the major sub-fields of Archaeology and Sociology.
  • It provides a solid foundation for graduate training that will lead to direct and indirect employment in professional areas of social science and archaeology, with work opportunities in a variety of government and non-government agencies, community groups, and in areas of industry such as market research, human resources, and public services.
  • Students will acquire a range of transferrable skills important for employers in other areas, such as an ability to solve problems and think in a critical manner, and well as good communication skills, literacy and digital competence.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Should they opt for the international learning pathway in this degree, students will have an opportunity to study Anthropology for a year abroad in a leading university. There are also encouraged to seek summer employment in areas relevant to their studies, such as archaeological excavation, tourism and heritage, market research, and with State agencies working in public services and social policy, among others.

Skills and Careers Information

Anthropology graduates enter a variety of professions and their employability should increase as the world becomes more globalized. Anthropologists are trained to research and analyse different aspects of the human condition. Career options include working as an archaeologist and forensic anthropologist, in arts administration and creative industries, community work, museums and heritage centres, journalism, librarianship, market research, the media, and in State bodies and NGOs dealing with social policy. Direct entry into some of these careers is possible, while others require training at postgraduate level to build on the academic foundation of a primary degree that has international recognition. Students with an Anthropology degree have a range of graduate career training options at masters and higher level, offered within UCC and in other Irish and overseas universities.

Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

English

Irish

Other Language

O6/H7

O6/H7

O6/H7

 

Mature students

Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and must sit the MSAP exam. It is expected there will be up to 10% of places in this degree courses for mature students who qualify for admission. There are certain subject requirements before a student can select some subjects in Year 1, e.g. Leaving Certificate standard Irish is needed to study Irish. Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. International Mature Students: should visit the International Education website.

FETAC

FETAC Requirements

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €250.

 

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.  Applicants must also apply for the  MSAP exam. 

 

 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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