IB Social and Cultural Anthropology SL

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


IB Social and Cultural Anthropology SL - Equivalent to 0.5 A Levels

Social and Cultural Anthropology is the comparative study of culture and human societies.

Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life.

Social and Cultural Anthropology places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that make explicit our own cultural assumptions and those of others. Anthropologists explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of societies in local, regional and global contexts, and as such, it is a dynamic, exciting and highly relevant subject.


Units covered include:

Engaging with Anthropology:

  • The language of Anthropology.
  • The practice of Anthropology.
  • Anthropological thinking.

Engaging with Ethnography (one from each of the following three groups):

  • Group 1 - Classifying the World, Health, Illness and Healing, The Body.
  • Group 2 - Belonging, Communication, Expression and Technology, Movement, Time and Space.
  • Group 3 - Conflict Development, Production, Exchange and Consumption.

How will it be delivered?

External Assessment - Examinations

Paper 1 – Engaging with Anthropology - 1 hrs 30 minutes

Paper 2 – Engaging with Ethnography - 1 hrs 30 minutes

Internal Assessment

Engaging with Anthropology practice – 4 components

  • Observation report
  • Methodological and conceptual extension of initial fieldwork
  • Second fieldwork data collection and analysis
  • Critical reflection

The aim of the internal assessment is for students of anthropology to understand and explore the practice of Anthropology, in terms of the specific research methodologies that anthropologists engage with when analysing Anthropology.

Entry requirements

Grade 4+ in 5 GSCEs including English Language, and Maths 

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