Degree Type:Bachelor of Arts
Department:Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Modes of Study:Regular
The Department of Sociology proposes a new programme in Anthropology to augment the Sociology programme currently in existence. This is in response to a growing need for students to become more conversant with the cultural heritage of themselves and others, and also to support the Faculty of Social Sciences in their efforts to train students in critical thinking, global awareness and good citizenship. The new Anthropology programme is designed to broaden and strengthen the already existing Department of Sociology, with the in-depth study of various cultures, across space and through time, which the discipline of Anthropology provides.
As the anthropological study of human origins and cultures has its roots in Africa, it seems only appropriate that Ghana should be in the forefront of such study. Currently there is increased interest in, and awareness of, the world’s interconnectivity. The ethnographic and qualitative methods historically a part of Anthropology provides good training in the understanding of the globalization process in all of its manifestations.
Anthropology has been taught in the Department over the years, but has never received the same attention as Sociology nor has it been fully developed. Redefining the direction of the Department in this way will expand the range of courses offered and extend its research and outreach possibilities, more fully developing the potential of Sociology and Anthropology and enhancing the offerings of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology shall continue to offer the current undergraduate and graduate programme in Sociology, and offer an undergraduate programme in Anthropology. A graduate programme in Anthropology will be developed when the undergraduate programme has sufficiently matured, possibly after four years.
Candidates must obtain passes in Core English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science. In addition, candidates must have passes in two (2) of the following subjects: Economics, Geography, Mathematics/Statistics, Business Management, Government/History
Anthropologists study human behaviour and attitude. The discipline traces the evolution of humans, taking into account the history of how humans have evolved, how they look like now and how they are likely to look like in the future. Apart from evolution, cultural diversity, human relations, human biology, as well as human habitation are integral aspects of anthropology. It encompasses areas of social science, biological sciences, as well as natural sciences. The programme explores the meaning of symbols and practices that are found in nature, and relating them to the challenges that humans face on daily basis.
The programme trains students in methods and techniques needed to undertake research into human studies equipping them with analytical and critical reasoning skills. Both oral and written communication skills are integral aspects of studies. The programme also teaches students how to imagine and creatively reconstruct historical events to better understand past events relating to humankind. All kinds of seemingly unfamiliar areas are explored in anthropology. New trends of fashion, new emerging technology that is making life simpler for human kind, innovations that are shaping human health and nutrition, as well as new entertainment and lifestyle activities are all studied in the programme. This makes anthropology one of the broadest and exciting programmes of study.