Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultural differences, at all places and in all times. Its approach is comparative, holistic and gives a view of social life 'from the inside'.
Politics and International Relations at Aberdeen is unique in Scotland in bringing together these two cognate, but distinct, subjects as equal components. Teaching and research are both enhanced by this framework and there is a great benefit in being able to study the two side-by-side.
Sociology is concerned with how people create and sustain society, and how society shapes people. Students learn to adopt the 'sociological imagination', which illuminates the interplay of individual biographies with historical and social circumstances. Sociology at Aberdeen is recognised for its excellence in both research and teaching.