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Anthropology is fundamentally concerned with the human condition, and explores this in relation to human evolution, history, ecology, and social life in all its diversity. Traversing the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, it helps us understand where we came from, who we are, and where we might be headed.

Are you interested in the development of civilisation, the diversity of languages and cultures, or the ways we organise collective life? Perhaps you are curious about love, war, religion, or belonging? Would you like to explore how we each make a living, how technology expands its possibilities, or how they both might imperil ourselves and our planet? Anthropology addresses all these and more.

Anthropology takes a comparative approach, through time, and across space. Anthropologists explore human sociality in a distinctive way by immersing themselves in the realities of lived experience – an approach to research known as ethnography.

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