Contemporary Social Anthropology is a critical discipline that tackles an enormous variety of topics. These range from the social and cultural implications of new reproductive and information technologies through the analysis of ritual, kinship, and material culture to the study of violence, poverty and the means for resolving conflicts and alleviating human suffering. Although anthropological studies are now conducted everywhere, from middle class suburbs and inner cities, to rural settlements, boardrooms and labour camps, what all our studies have in common is an awareness of, and attention to, human diversity. The programme provides a comprehensive knowledge of the diversity of cultural, social and material aspects of human existence in contemporary societies. It has both regional and global scope, focusing on particular peoples and areas, while considering much wider issues, including current processes of globalisation and migration. Social Anthropology at Manchester draws on ethnographic expertise in Melanesia, South Asia, Eastern, Southern and Western Europe, East Africa, the Andes, Latin America and Amazonia. Students who choose to study with us are interested in the diverse ways in which human beings live in the world today. They are interested, amongst other things, in cultural difference and similarity, in the social and economic relationships between different parts of the world and in the varied ways in which people make families, communities and societies. What better way to expand the understanding of cultural diversity that you gain in studying Social Anthropology by also spending a year overseas? Social Anthropology at Manchester offers a pathway for this course: BSocSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology with International Study. Students on this pathway have the opportunity to study in one of our partner universities in the third year of their studies. By the end of your degree programme you will have gained practical cross-cultural experience of another student culture, as well as acquiring knowledge, through experience and participation, of the society in which it is embedded.