Social Anthropology is the comparative study of human conduct and thought in their social contexts. Societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural and political forms, while their individual members display a huge diversity of ideas and behaviour. The study of these variations, and the common humanity which underlies them and renders them intelligible to outsiders, lies at the heart of social anthropology. While the subject matter overlaps to some extent with that of sociology, human geography and development studies, social anthropology is also closely linked to history and philosophy.
If you are interested in studying Social Anthropology with us at the University of Edinburgh, follow the links below to our undergraduate and postgraduate options.