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Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology (Taught)

Brunel University London
1 year
Master's degree
On campus
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Program description

•Do our categories of behaviour – normal and abnormal – translate across cultures?
•Why do ethnic minorities have different experiences of mental health?
•Is there a ‘human nature’ underneath all the cultural differences?

Anyone interested in psychological processes, feeling and expression, memory and trauma, culture and personality, will have asked themselves questions of this kind. However, they are less likely to have asked themselves how (or if) we can recognise and analyse different emotions in other cultural settings.
About the course

In this new MSc degree, the first of its kind anywhere in Europe, we tackle these and other issues from an anthropological perspective, looking at the social and cultural dimensions of human experience.

By engaging with debates on these important topics and through the examination of world ethnography (including the UK), participants will learn about selfhood, emotion, madness and identity in cultural context.

Special features
You can choose your own research topic and geographic area , in consultation with your academic supervisor. The dissertation research project provides valuable experience and in many cases leads to job contacts, forming a bridge to a future career or time out for career development.

Teaching and learning
You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film screenings.
Assessment is by essay, practical assignments (such as analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. There are no examinations.

Candidates will acquire analytical and research skills that can be applied in a vast range of careers (overlapping with those catered for by sociology and anthropology).

For those taking time out from an established career, the degree will enhance professional development in fields such as psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, education, social policy, charities and development.

There is also the opportunity for graduates to do further research for a PhD in psychiatric-focused anthropology.

About this institute

Brunel University London

Brunel University London is an international university dedicated to education and research, relevant to the global economy, industry and society. We attract academicsfrom around the world to teach our courses and lead our research programmes. From them, you’ll discover new ways of thinking and...

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