Anthropology: humans and their cultures

Course Dates: 05/11/18 - 17/12/18
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Max Carocci

We will examine differences in social structure and cultural attitudes to address ideas of development, tradition and resistance to change recorded by anthropologists. The course is designed to complement 'Beginners' anthropology'.


What is the course about?

The course examines cultural differences among human societies. It addresses instances of cultural change and resistance to innovations, looking at ideas of tradition and progress.

What will we cover?

Ideas of kinship, religion, gender, social structure, and economics will be explored taking examples from various cultures known to anthropology.

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

• Describe how anthropology views tradition and change
• List examples of innovation and resistance to development
• Assess differences and similarities in approaches to change.

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

A complement to HA004 Beginners Anthropology but new students are very welcome. An enthusiasm for learning and an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. 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 dat.

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 prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate.

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

Writing materials.

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

HA006 Introductory anthropology: language, culture, communication.

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If you want to do a course which will give you some insight into what social anthropologist do and how they work then this is for you. But you will definitely end up with at least as many questions as answers, although your questions will, at least, be rather more focused. Certainly for anyone who has studied a social science at almost any level it will broaden your perspective and hopefully make you aware that many societies have completely different views of what is important than modern European industrial culture.
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Review by Tim Davies / (Posted on 06/12/2018)

This course has now finished

Course Code: HA024

Finished Mon, eve, 05 Nov - 17 Dec '18

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £109.00
Concession: £48.00

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