Social Anthropology - Humanitarian and Environmental Crises - MA Program By University of Kent |Top Universities

University of Kent

Canterbury campus, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree MA
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

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Our world is experiencing humanitarian and environmental challenges of disturbing dimensions. This programme addresses these challenges from a human and ethical angle, exploring the social, political, economic and technological aspects of the crises that mark our contemporary world.


Overview

This unique programme of study focuses on contemporary planetary emergencies and conflicts that have a humanitarian or environmental impact. We explore how to study such crises from an anthropological point of view using a variety of ethnographic research methods, such as interviewing, participant observation, and localised surveys.


You assess key challenges emerging from humanitarian initiatives that respond to:


  • the global climate emergency
  • environmental movements in national contexts
  • migration, diaspora and refugee crises
  • racism, xenophobia and national politics
  • war and conflict
  • new forms of economic oppression
  • the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for vulnerable communities


We analyse such pressing issues from an ethical and non-ethnocentric perspective. The programme is particularly suited to students who want to make a difference in today’s complex world by understanding the roots of global challenges and human suffering.


The programme provides excellent preparation for people who aspire to enter fields in which anthropological training and cultural expertise is integral, such as:


  • non-governmental organisations aimed at humanitarian and/or environmental issues
  • state initiatives designed to provide aid as a response to conflict or planetary emergency
  • organisations involved in dealing with migration, racism and multicultural education
  • research degrees in the social sciences


Why Study With Us?

  • One-year Master's programme with dissertation.
  • Academic commitment to practice-led and cutting edge theory taught by internationally renowned researchers with long-established experience of the study of environmental and humanitarian challenges.
  • Expert training in a range of research methods to prepare you for independent research.
  • A wide choice of optional modules to enable further specialisation in your chosen areas of expertise.
  •  Small-scale group teaching with our experienced staff and exceptional facilities.


About University

Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities, we offer you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations, and a superb student experience. We offer a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence and dedicated scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels


With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. Take part in Worldfest, Europe Day and celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, Chinese New year and more. Your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career. 

Apply now to join our world and start building your future.

The University of Kent' Statement of Findings can be found at www.kent.ac.uk/tef-statement


Safe, Study, Social

At Kent, we’re working hard to keep our students and our staff safe. Our Safe, Study, Social ethos outlines our approach to ensuring that everyone is able to live and work on campus safely. Visit Safe, Study, Social to find out about the safety measures that we have in place, in study areas, our accommodation and other shared spaces; we update these regularly in line with current guidance.

We know that university is about more than just studying, which is why we are also encouraging people to safely socialise. Both of our campuses offer expansive outdoor spaces – we have spacious greens throughout Canterbury and open waterfronts in Medway. We have a sports centre, a cinema, a number of cafés and restaurants and are championing socially distanced outdoor activities such as outdoor cinema. 


A successful future

We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students. We do this through employability-focused degrees, internship opportunities, our award-winning careers advisory service, and a range of extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and develop your employability skills. 

  • Step up and stand out

From our wide range of industry placements to our Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, you have lots of opportunities to develop real-world skills so that you can stand out from the competition and secure your dream job 


  • Award-winning careers service

The university’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service and students’ unions help students enhance their transferable skills, gain relevant work experience, get first-hand insight into graduate careers and, through curricular and co-curricular activities, develop key graduate attributes that top employers are looking for.

Services offered by Careers and Employability include visits from graduates and employers, an annual Employability Festival, one-to-one careers advice and jobs fairs

  • Academic support 

Our dedicated colleagues in all academic schools can provide you with individual advice and guidance on a wide range of careers 


Join our successful graduates

Our alumni form part of a global network of more than 180,000 former students from 189 countries.


Academic excellence

All of our academic schools produce world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 elite Russell Group universities. Because our academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field. If you don’t yet have the required qualifications or level of English language, we offer flexible pre-sessional courses and the International Foundation Programme to enable you to progress to your chosen degree. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.


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