Anthropology Doctoral Program

Degree PhD in Anthropology
Level Doctoral Program
Duration Seven (7) semesters
Dedication
Number of credits 90
Class Schedule Day
Modality On-Campus Learning
SNIES Code 53895

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology is conceived as an academic core which contributes, on one hand, to encourage social science research within the country, particularly, in Anthropology, through the education of investigators, trained to identify relevant problems from an intellectual, academic and social standpoint and through anthropological research and its dissemination, so as to be part of the national and international specialized academic community. On the other hand, the Doctoral Program intends to offer an education that raises the standards of university professors in Anthropology and the impact of high level teaching in the country.

This program extends the education that the Department of Anthropology provides since the undergraduate level from an anthropological perspective as a discipline that considers human condition in a broad and comprehensive way. Hence, it understands biological and evolutionary facts as being fundamental for the study of social and cultural phenomena. In the same way, it finds linguistic facts not only as definite factors of human condition, but as one of the largest sources of variability and expression of culture dynamism. The Study Plan currently extends up to the masters degree program, it deepens in archaeology knowledge as a main source to reveal and explain social, economic, political and cultural conditions of Amerindian cultures since the settlement of the continent til nowadays. This comprehensive conception about anthropology is the basis for a research development and the Study Plan that engages with the doctoral program.

The Social and Cultural Anthropology area, around which the doctoral program is proposed, has strengthen based on concerns of classical anthropology mainly from English, French and Northamerican perspectives, but also within the framework of specific considerations of latinamerican anthropologies, whose details have been widely studied and recognized throughout the region. Archaeology has started to broaden its traditional concern for the historical evolution of nations to analyze its role in the construction process of identities. While considering material culture as a core and malleable element in the construction of subjects, beyond its fundamental importance as direct registry of the past, it points out the analysis of the agency in the cognitive evolution of human species.

The current extension of the Anthropologic territory, its reflections and investigations are the main characteristics of the groups that lay the foundations of the Doctoral program: Historical Anthropology (A), Medical Anthropology (A), State, Citizenship and Conflict (A), Archaeology Group (A), Nature and Society (A) and Morphosyntax, Linguistic Typology and Language Comparison (C). With this theoretical and broad approach, the Doctoral Program seeks to respond, in different ways, to this interdisciplinary vision through four work areas where research guidelines, seminars and theoretical and methodological perspectives of research groups converge. These four areas are:

Anthropology and Health

Archaeology and Bioanthropology

Nature, Space and Territory

Policies, History and Culture

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology is particularly interested in the dialogue with Latinamerican anthropologies linked through phenomena such as the variety of American cultures and their interactions before the XVI century, the conquest and its diverse consequences for native societies, local and regional developments during the Colonial period and contemporary situations of ethnic and racial groups both within ancestral territories as well as urban.

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Objectives

General Objectives:

  • Educate high level researchers and professors in areas of Anthropology.
  • Create an effect on national and regional scientific development, through excellency in research and teaching. Research alumni from the program, will be capable of understanding and critically applying anthropological and contemporary social science theories to national and regional contexts, that is to say, facing social, economical, political and cultural situations related to the environment, that favor multicultural, and intercultural aspects, as well as the participation and inclusion of minorities and social movements.
  • Develop a Study Plan that strengthens diverse research areas of the Department of Anthropology.

Specific Objectives:

  • Promote a more autonomous national academic community, that generates knowledge, with a high, critical research and teaching capacity.
  • Extend knowledge borders within the national and regional anthropology field and by this means, strenghten regional academic links.
  • Encourage high level, self academic research and teaching performance so as to educate high qualified professionals capable of interacting in national and international fields that demand high quality standards.
  • Be speakers of national and international researchers and academics.
  • Promote and strenghten national and regional academic community conformation, characterized by having scientific independence, autonomy and creativity in the production of relevant local knowledge.
  • Strengthen current research centers and groups, as well as encourage the creation of new ones, which promote new contents.
  • Contribute to raise the level and impact of anthropologic research in the country.
  • Create a more emphatic impact on the design, implementation and evaluation of public and social policies, through the design of narrow links between academic knowledge and its implementation on health, education, land use planning, patrimony and environment, among others.
  • Strenghten high level research development in the School of Social Sciences.
  • Strenghten research and academic interests of professors in the Anthropology Department so as to enrich their academic life project.
  • Project the Anthropology Department throughout the country and region.
  • Extend the impact of anthropologic research through international agreements and publications.

Study Plan

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology may or may not begin with the Masters Degree Program in Anthropology (Area of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Area of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology). In case that student has not obtained a Masters Degree in a related area or if they are interested in beginning their education at a Master Degree level, they can request admission in one of two areas of the master degree program in research. In this case, the program will last 5 to 6 years. If the applicant is accepted to the doctoral program, this will last 3 to 4 years. It is important to point out that the duration of the program depends on the time assigned to field work as well as the number of semesters required by students to complete the doctoral dissertation. Even though the Study Plan consists of 6 semesters, students may take up to 7 years to complete the graduation requirements.

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology is based on a Study Plan that gives the student an in-depth and critical exam and discussion regarding anthropologic theories and schools, as well as associated methodological traditions. In a parallel and supplementary way, the program offers students diverse seminars that deal precisely with main debates, analysis and problems related to specialized study fields in Anthropology, which are also topics that pertain to research groups and their lines. The six seminars that constitute the nucleus of the studies, are based pedagogically on the self methodology of the seminars which enable students to learn about a wide bibliography and discuss it with professors and peers, specially in terms of research interests that will be developed in the doctoral dissertation. This stage ends with the preparation of the knowledge exam that prepares students for the second part of the program.

The second component of the program, which has as a requirement, the approval of the doctoral research project, assigns a high percentage of academic effort to the collection of information, its systemization, analysis and discussion, and to the definition process and editing of the doctoral dissertation. This work which began during the research methodology seminars and research projects, will continue in the guided research (two semesters) and during the doctoral seminar. In both cases the doctarate student must learn in detail his field of study and participate individuallly and collectively in research group activities. This work is accompanied by academic assistance duties that the student performs as a group member, which will enable him to expand his studies towards other problems or topics that make part of the research carried out by the group. Part of the duty of academic assistance is to offer, within the Anthopology undergraduate program, a seminar that gives the opportunity to consolidate pedagogically, doctoral academic advances and improve teaching capacities. Finally, during the internship, the student will have the opportunity to contact other research groups and state his own findings, concerns and interests in a wide debate that will enhance his academic education.

With the elaboration of at least one article and the development and defense of a doctoral dissertation, the student will have completed a long education process that enables him to perform as an autonomous and creative researcher.

Research areas

Research groups, which are the foundation of the Doctoral Program, are:

  • Historical Anthropology (A),
  • Medical Anthropology (A),
  • State, Citizenship and Conflict (A),
  • Archaeology Group (A),
  • Nature and Society (A) y
  • Morphosyntax, Linguistic Typology and Language Comparison (C).

The broad theoretic approach of the Doctoral Program seeks to respond, in various ways, to the interdisciplinary vision through four working areas where research guidelines, projects, seminars and theoretic and methodological perspectives of research groups converge. These four areas are:

  • Anthropology and Health
  • Archaeology and Bioanthropology
  • Nature, Space and Territory
  • Policies, History and Culture

Model Program: Social Anthropology

First Semester

ANTR-4102Seminario Representacion y Conocimiento Etnografico

4

ANTR-4111Tradiciones Teoricas Antropologicas

4

ANTR-4135Métodos de Investigación Ciencias Sociales

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

ANTR-4105Geopolíticas de la Investigación

4

ANTR-4112Problemas Antropológicos Contemporáneos 1

4

ANTR-6061Coloquio del Doctorado

4

ANTR-6970Examen de Conocimientos Doctorales

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Third Semester

ANTR-4113Problemas Antropológicos Contemporáneos 2

4

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo I

4

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo II

4

ANTR-6971Proyecto de Tesis Doctoral

0

Total Credit Hours:12

Fourth Semester

ANTR-6063Investigación Dirigida 1

7

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Fifth Semester

ANTR-6064Investigación Dirigida 2

7

Total Credit Hours:4

Sixth Semester

ANTR-6065Pasantía Doctoral

6

Total Credit Hours:6

Seventh Semester

ANTR-6066Asistencia Académica Doctoral

6

Total Credit Hours:6

Eighth Semester

ANTR-6980Seminario Doctoral 1

8

Total Credit Hours:8

Ninth Semester

ANTR-6981Seminario Doctoral 2

8

Total Credit Hours:8

Tenth Semester

ANTR-6982Seminario Doctoral Disertación

8

Total Credit Hours:8

Model Program – Biological Anthropology

First Semester

ANTR-4135Métodos de Investigación Ciencias Sociales

4

ANTR-4201Seminario Teoria en Arquelogia

4

ANTR-4206Seminario Teoria Antropologia Biologica

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

ANTR-4202Seminario de Arqueologia Comparada del Area Intermedia

4

ANTR-4203Seminario Escalas de Analisis

4

ANTR-6061Coloquio del Doctorado

4

ANTR-6970Examen de Conocimientos Doctorales

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Third Semester

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo I

4

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo II

4

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo III

4

ANTR-6971Proyecto de Tesis Doctoral

0

Total Credit Hours:12

Fourth Semester

ANTR-XXXXSeminario electivo IV

4

ANTR-6063Investigación Dirigida 1

7

Total Credit Hours:8

Fifth Semester

ANTR-6064Investigación Dirigida 2

7

Total Credit Hours:4

Sixth Semester

ANTR-6065Pasantía Doctoral

6

Total Credit Hours:6

Seventh Semester

ANTR-6066Asistencia Académica Doctoral

6

Total Credit Hours:6

Eighth Semester

ANTR-6980Seminario Doctoral 1

8

Total Credit Hours:8

Ninth Semester

ANTR-6981Seminario Doctoral 2

8

Total Credit Hours:8

Tenth Semester

ANTR-6062Seminario Diseño de Investigación Doctoral

4

Total Credit Hours:4

Alumni Profile

Alumni from the Doctoral Program in Anthropology from Universidad de Los Andes, will have the skills to guide and conduct research projects in Anthropology, to establish relationships with other social sciences and to contribute with the expansion of the borders of knowledge.

They will also have the excellency skills to work as professors and researchers so as to create and strengthen lines and research groups in national and regional, academic centers.

The Doctor in Anthropology will identify applicable and relevant problems and will be trained to develop and guide research on such fields.

For that purpose, it will establish international relationships and participate actively in national and international academic fields of its specialty.

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