The Department of Anthropology and Sociology is located in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. Established in 1970, it’s main objectives are:
- To generate knowledge of man and society.
- To train students to fully understand change and development in all aspects of human processes.
- To provide a sound foundation such that students can understand and manage problems affecting man and society.
Today, we are witness to change and turbulence, in particular socio-economic conditions, shifts in demography, social inequality and social injustices that continue to grow not only in Malaysia but also in the world at large. Parallel to these, we are also witness to changes in expectations, attitudes and behavior within our society, particularly among the youth, the workforce, disfranchised minorities and the growing and increasingly influential elderly population segment.
Anthropology and Sociology as academic disciplines are increasingly recognized as relevant in deciphering these social changes because it is equipped with a critical approach that captures the multiplicities and complexities of contemporary events. But it goes beyond merely providing an explanation. The applied side of these twin disciplines contributes positively to national and local strategies that aim at addressing these changes while striving to improve our society.
Our department is unique in that it offers expertise in three disciplines; anthropology, sociology and psychology. The academic demands of the disciplines within the department, inculcates an appreciation of people. Through our academic training we instill in our students a sense of empathy, and sensitivity. Students are equipped with the skills to promote empowerment of the disfranchised groups, encourage dialogue and mutual understanding through problem-solving strategies, and utilize approaches that are preventive as well as remedial action.
Head of Department
Dr. Haslina Muhamad
BSc (Deakin); MA (Malaya); PhD (Monash)