Taught course

Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability

Institution
SOAS University of London · Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability programme focuses on the big challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and address the major trends and debates as engaged global citizens. The programme is suited to those who are interested in climate change, sustainability and global equality, and who want to find out how to influence policy and practice in places of power. Climate politics, mass extinction, inequalities, racial injustice and global health crises raise questions about how we currently live our lives and pose crucial questions about how we can build a sustainable future.

The Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability MA programme focuses on the big challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and address the major trends and debates as engaged global citizens.

It asks fundamental questions about what it is to be human in a complex and ever-changing world, critically questioning existing assumptions and knowledge, and productively thinking about how to envision and create a more just and sustainable world.

Why study MA Global Futures and Sustainability at SOAS
  • This is an interdisciplinary MA with an anthropological core drawing on other disciplines.
  • Teaching is strongly informed by our regional interests in Africa and Asia, and from professional experiences of working in/with development banks, government departments, NGOs and activist organisations, social businesses and media collectives.
  • You will encounter literature raising difficult moral and ethical questions in an academic environment where debate is highly encouraged and prized.
  • You can take your own interests into a research project guided by an expert supervisor from our department.
  • Our focus on the future and sustainability are areas of growing global concern and significance among private, public and international institutions; our emphasis on skills, communication and methodology gives graduates a clear advantage with employers as we put education into practice.
  • Overall, this is a unique opportunity within the UK to explore the big issues with a practical focus on communication and change.
  • Our Anthropology department is amongst the leading programmes in the UK (ranked #5 in QS World Rankings 2021) and is highly regarded globally (ranked #16 in QS World Rankings 2021).

Explore

Our focus is both on understanding and change.

  • To understand: we explore anthropological literatures, methodologies and approaches to the future, sustainability and climate change.
  • To change: we explore how the world works so we can target our communication, improve the ways in which we speak, write and argue, and to develop the tools, approaches and skills to effect change.

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
study@soas.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3510 6974