BA Social Anthropology with Human Rights options
Final Year, Component 04
SC340-6-FY or SC390-6-FY or SC832-6-FY or CS316-6-FY
Democracy in Action
This module will allow third year students to do their final year project in an innovative and interdisciplinary way. The module seeks to give students the possibility to better understand their community, the issues it confronts and how to address them.
Through the five step training of Citizens UK (1. Organise 2. Listen 3. Plan 4. Act 5. Negotiate) the students will learn the basics of community building and organising, which they will be able to practice and experience for themselves. Students will learn to build power and negotiate with local government on issues of local concern such as hate crime, transport, mental health and housing.
This module gives students an opportunity to apply social science to address key issues facing society at the local, national and global level. For example, what is the impact of the war in Yemen or in Syria? What is the impact of Brexit? How does global warming affect us? What are the major challenges in the 21st century?
This module will tackle a different theme each term to better understand how Social Science can be used to understand the big issues.
Many undergraduates in the Department of Sociology at Essex carry out a research project in the final year of their degree. The third-year project in Anthropology offers you the opportunity to focus on this topic in a research context. You will find that this can be an extremely worthwhile learning experience. Carrying out a project improves your employability skills, and can be a springboard to postgraduate study.
The project can take a variety of forms ranging from empirical research using methods such as participant observation, ethnographic research, interviews, and content analysis to library based theoretical work. Unlike other assignments, it involves you conducting and writing-up a piece of individual, autonomously designed research.
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