IB Social and Cultural Anthropology Level 3

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What will you be working towards?

Code 115
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Not Set
Course type Full Time


Anthropology is about finding out about the thousand other lives you could have lived if you had been born in a different time or place. It is about “making sense of other people’s worlds, translating their experiences and explaining what they are up to, how their societies work and why they believe in whatever it is that they believe in” (Eriksen, 2006: ix). Anthropology seeks to unravel the complexities of what makes us human by exploring what makes people as social beings in different cultures different from each other.

The aims of the Social and Cultural Anthropology course at SL and HL are to enable students to:

  • explore the characteristics and complexities of social and cultural life.
  • develop new ways of thinking about the world that demonstrate the interconnectedness of local, regional and global processes and issues.
  • foster an awareness of how cultural and social contexts inform the production of anthropological knowledge.
  • develop as critical thinkers who are open-minded, reflective and ethically sensitive.
  • apply anthropological understanding in order to reflect on their own lives and experiences, as well as those of others, transforming their actions in the world.




First Year

Part 1: Engaging with anthropology

  • The language of anthropology, the practice of anthropology: doing anthropology—the ethnographic method and ethical considerations, and anthropological thinking: anthropological theories

Second Year

Part 2: Engaging with ethnography

  • The relationship between concepts, ethnographic material, and theories and methods

Part 3: Engaging in anthropological practice

  • Internal assessment (see comments below)


How will it be delivered?

This course is assessed through a mixture of externally and internally assessed work:

External Assessment:

Paper 1: 2 Hour exam paper separated into two sections worth 30% of your overall grade.

Paper 2: 2 and a half Hour exam paper separated into two sections, worth 45% of your overall grade.

Internal Assessment:

Worth 25% of your overall grade.  This will see you conduct fieldwork, critical reflection and a written report of your findings.  This should take 60 hours.


Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.


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