Single Honours students in Anthropology are able to carry out a dissertation in their 3rd and 4th years of study for a total of 45 credits. The dissertation may be based on fieldwork or library research. It is an opportunity to put the ideas and theories learnt in other courses into practice in a piece of original anthropological research. It is also a chance to work more closely with a member of staff over a sustained period. The dissertation courses are AT3517 and AT4005.
At the discretion of the examiners an annual prize is awarded by the Department for the Best Dissertation.
Joint Honours students at level 4 may undertake an extended essay under the supervision of a member of staff in Anthropology for 30 credits. This is the Independent Study in Anthropology course, AT4018. Students wishing to do this option need the prior agreement of a member of staff and the Department's Honours Adviser.
Recent dissertations include (selected randomly):
The Pilgrims of San Antonio: Tourism as a pilgrimage in the Ibizan resort town of San Antonio
Homeless in Aberdeen: Experiences of marginalisation
Twenty years in the making: An investigation into Shetland women's experiences of giving birth on mainland Scotland
'I thought I was just a Sámi'. A dissertation about the problem of identity among Sámi in northern Norway
PETA: Human-animal relationships in a radical animal rights organisation
Ethnography of an eco-village: Constructing a human identity for the 21st century
Belonging: Identity and reflection in Pitlochry, a Highland community