Introduction to anthropology: natures and cultures

Course Dates: 13/05/19 - 08/07/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Max Carocci

Starting from the nature-nurture debate, the course looks at the intersection between natural behaviours and socially learned norms through the examples of food, architecture and technology.


What is the course about?

The mutual interaction between natural instinct and cultural values and practices from an anthropological perspective
Tutor biography
Max Carocci has been working at the intersection between anthropology, art and museums since 2002. He conducted fieldwork among Native North Americans and continues to work with them on issues of art and museums. He has taught and programmed courses for a variety of Universities and colleges among which Birkbeck College (Art history, Museum cultures), UCL Department of Anthropology, Chelsea College’s MA Museum and Curating, the American University Richmond. He is currently lecturing on Art, Anthropology, Museums and Globalisation at Goldsmiths College (2018-ongoing) in the Department of Anthropology.
Max has nearly ten year experience as curator in the UK and abroad and served as consultant and researcher in museums in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Presently Max is working on two books on ethnographic representations and drawings with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Nation).

What will we cover?

The course covers areas of social practice such as food processing, dwelling, partner selection and other areas articulated culturally and developed through social interaction.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Name areas of human interaction in which nature and culture meet
Discuss the nature/culture convergence through examples from different parts of the world
Identify areas of social life in which nature and culture meet.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a continuation course for beginners with no experience of Anthropology, but may also be taken by new students. Your enjoyment and benefit from this course will be enhanced if you approach this course with an open and critical mind as well as an enthusiasm for learning. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts from anthropological texts and journals. You should also be prepared to discuss this reading in class. You should also be able to interpret basic statistical data.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The sessions will run as informal seminars with ample time for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Videos and articles by leading anthropologists will be used to illustrate the themes.You should be prepaed to contribute to discussion and good natured debate.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please look at the new courses for autumn 2018.

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This course has now started

Course Code: HA011

Started Mon, eve, 13 May - 08 Jul '19

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £61.00

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