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MA Anthropology, Ecology & Global Justice

MA Anthropology, Ecology & Global Justice

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Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Ecology Anthropology

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Course Summary

The MA Anthropology, Ecology and Global Justice is an exciting interdisciplinary programme that explores the contemporary crises of global inequality, climate change, and ecological breakdown, and equips you with the tools to respond.

Why study MA Anthropology, Ecology and Global Justice at Goldsmiths?

  • Identify and grapple with the structural drivers of global inequality, climate change and ecological breakdown.
  • Develop your understanding of these crises in historical perspective, with reference to patterns of colonial power and the formation of the capitalist world-system over 500 years.
  • Work with insights from dependency theory; anti-colonial movements; degrowth; ecological economics; and post-development thought.
  • Engage with classic texts in critical theory and ecological anthropology, with a focus on thinkers from the global South and Indigenous political ontology.
  • Learn about concrete policy alternatives for the 21st century, drawing on the Department of Anthropology’s commitment to building a public anthropology.


The programme is great preparation for any role that involves research and communication. Graduates have pursued opportunities in journalism, other media, policy, education and public debate; they have also gone on to research degrees, either at Goldsmiths or elsewhere.


The aims and objectives of this module, and its sister module AN71089A Anthropological Research Methods, are to introduce students to the theories and methods of modern anthropology. This module provides an introduction to the main concepts of social anthropology. It begins with an examination of the roots of anthropological theory in the 19th century, and traces the development of various different trajectories, ending with the central questions of anthropological theory in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Our aim is to situate intellectual history of social and cultural anthropology within wider contexts, and to show how particular ideas and approaches arise at specific points in history, and reflect general concerns about inequality, war, racism, feminism etc. What holds anthropology together as a discipline, more than a narrative of scientific progress, or the construction of a specific scientific niche, is a recurrent interest in a set of questions that constitute the anthropological tradition. This module introduces students to this tradition, and encourages them to think critically and analytically about these themes.

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Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.