MA AND POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ENVIRONMENTAL
This is a twelve month programme, the first nine months of which consist of
and the final three of which are available for writing a dissertation.
required to take a minimum of six coursework modules.Modules 1 and 2 are
modules 3, 4, 5 and 7 are desirable depending on the background of
Modules 1-8 are always available; module 9 is subject to availability in
any given year.
Students are also expected to come to the weekly Social Anthropology
(Tuesday 4.30-6.00), and may also attend relevant undergraduate courses if
The special topic is an individual tutorial course which may be arranged in
areas as diverse
as southeast Asian ethnography, development, medical anthropology and
Candidates may also select from the following modules available for the MSc
- Module P093 Environmental anthropology (10
- Module P094 Introduction to ethnobiology (10
- Module P095a Contemporary problems in Social Anthropology 1 (10 weeks,
- Module P095b Contemporary problems in Social Anthropology 2 (10
- Module P096a Research Methods 1 (10 weeks, October-December)
- Module P096b Research Methods 2 (10 weeks, January-April)
- Module P097a Computing Applications 1 (10 weeks, October-December)
- Module P097b Computing Application 2 (10 weeks, January-April)
- Module P098 Special topic (10-20 weeks, by arrangement)
- P890 Animal and Plant Biodiversity
- P891 Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
- P895 Wildlife Law and Legislation
- P897 Wildlife Resource Management and Economics
- P899 Restoration Ecology
Form of Assessment
Students are required to complete eight essays or essay-equivalent exercises,
and to write a dissertation. Four essays must relate to modules 1 and 2 and
to any of the remaining modules taken, though these may also have an
or ethnobiological aspect. Essays should be about 4000 words in length, typed or
word-processed, double-spaced, and in duplicate. The first essay must be
by Friday 11 November, the second and third essays by the last day of the
Michaelmas Term (16 December), the fourth, fifth and sixth by the last day
Lent Term (24 March), and the final two by Friday 5 May in the Trinity
Please submit both copies to Jan
Horn, who will distribute them to the markers.
A pass (50 percent average) in the coursework entitles a student to proceed
dissertation, which should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words.
The course structure for the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental
identical to that for the MA, except that: (a) the course lasts nine months;
(b) candidates are required to take modules 1, 2, 3 and 4, and two or more
optional modules; and (c) there is no dissertation. Assessment is the same
the MA, except that the pass mark is 40 percent and there is no dissertation.
Candidates who achieve 50 percent or more may be allowed to qualify for an
writing a dissertation.
Most materials which you will require will be found in the library.
photocopies of key articles may be lodged in the Anthropology Offprint and
Collection located in the Anthropology Office, Eliot W4.13. Copies of the
are available in W4.13, L49 (the CSAC lab) and L42 (the postgraduate study
all items will be catalogued, so you should also consult members of staff or Jan Horn.
Two periodicals which regularly carry articles reporting recent research
relevant to the
subjectmatter of P093 and P094 are Human Ecology and the Journal of
Ethnobiology . Some journals and books not available at UKC will be found at
Christchurch College (e.g. Journal of Biogeography ) and Wye College
(e.g. Economic Botany ). Ellen has a complete set of the useful Paris-based
Bibliographie Ethnobotanique et Ethnozoologique , and a set of Overseas
Institute publications, which are strong on social forestry. The Annual
Anthropology is a useful source of survey articles on particular topics.
also has an inter-library loan service, but if you have any difficulty in
getting hold of
material please let us know.
The following are likely to be directly involved in teaching the core
modules listed in
- Roy Ellen
(Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology): has written
widely on the ecology of small-scale human populations and is the author
of, amongst other
books, Environment, Subsistence and System, The Cultural
Relations of Classification
and Nuaulu Ethnozoology. He has conducted field research in
eastern Indonesia, and is
currently involved in projects on human-rainforest interaction and the
ecology of archipelagic
- Laura Rival
(Lecturer in Social Anthropology): has worked in the
Amazonian region of Ecuador, and is
interested (amongst other things) in conceptualisations
of nature, the cultural uses of palms, indigenous knowledge and ecological
- Jay Bernstein (Research Fellow): completed a doctorate
at Berkeley on the
ethnomedicine of the Taman of Indonesian Borneo. He has published on folk
healers and is
currently undertaking research on rainforest ethnobiology, ecology and
social change in Brunei.
Fischer (Director of the Centre for Social Anthropology and
Computing): fieldwork in Pakistan
and Polynesia; research focus on
ecological modelling, indigenous knowledge, use of satellite imagery, reef
- John Kesby
(Lecturer in Social Anthropology): author of The Cultural
Regions of East Africa and Rangi Natural History: the Taxonomic
procedures of an African
People , and other books. Fieldwork in Tanzania, general interest in tropical ecology,
systematic biology, ethnobiology and symbolism.
- Darrell Posey Currently Senior Visiting Fellow, St.
Anthony's College Oxford.
Influential ethnobiological research amongst the Kayapo of Brazil.
- Christopher Healey, Professor of Anthropology at the
University, Australia. Field research on comparative ethnozoology and trade
in Papua New Guinea;
ethnoecology and development in eastern Indonesia. Author of Maring
hunters and traders and
Pioneers of the mountain forest .
The following staff teach the DICE options listed, and are available
- William Howarth (Professor of Environmental Ethics)
- Ian Swingland (Founder and Research Director of DICE): an animal ecologist
with wide field experience in Africa, the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
He has published widely
on evolutionary ecology and conservation biology, and is active in
- Mike Walkey (Executive Director of DICE): a
physiologist and biochemical
ecologist with much experience of teaching ecology and conservation biology
- Georges Dussart (Senior Lecturer in Biology,
Christchurch College): ecological
research in the UK, particularly on pollution impacts and fisheries
biology. He also has an interest
in environmental education.
- John Jeffers (Visiting Professor, Mathematical
Institute): background in Forest
Commission Research Branch, Nature Conservancy and Institute of
Terrestrial Ecology, of which he
was the Deputy Director. He is involved in the Man and the Biosphere
programme of UNESCO and is the
editor of The Journal of Environmerntal Management .
Other teachers involved in the UKC Anthropology postgraduate programme
Glenn Bowman teaches media and image studies in the Faculty of Humanities
(Middle East, southeastern Europe, nationalism
- Dr. Janet Bagg (CSAC Research
Fellow: computing applications, Europe, historical anthropology)
- Alan Bicker (CSAC Honorary Research Fellow: ethnographic film,
audio-visual aids, Europe, Pakistan
- Dr. Nevill Colclough (Senior
Lecturer in Social Anthropology: Italy, Mediterranean, kinship, historical
- Chris Hann (Professor of Social
Anthropology: central and eastern Europe,
- Dr. I. Beller-Hann (Research Fellow: Turkey, gender,ethnicity)
- Dr. Marie Corbin (Honorary
Research Fellow: Spain, Hispanic America, kinship)
- Dr. Penny Vera-Sanso (Lecturer
in Social Anthropology: development, urban, India, gender)
- Dr. Jeremy Kemp (Senior
Lecturer in Social Anthropology: development, Southeast Asia)
- Dr. Bill Watson (Senior
Lecturer in Southeast Asian Studies: Southeast Asia, medical anthropology)
- John Jervis (Lecturer in
Sociology and Social Anthropology: medical anthropology)
- Dr. Sarah Ladbury (Honorary Research Fellow: development, gender)
- Dr. John Corbin (Senior
Lecturer in Social Anthropology: Spain, political and economic