What is the course about?
To introduce students to various anthropological approaches in understanding different societies, including their own. It will raise some of the current issues in anthropology.
What will we cover?
The course will touch upon ideas of cultural development, and the various ways in which humans imagine their world according to linguistic, material and spatial principles. Topics included are clothing, art, performance and music as forms of communication, the construction of place, ideas of nature and its relation to culture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify various approaches to understanding different societies
- Identify various features of different societies
- Assess the similarities and differences between custom and belief in different societies
- Clarify your own ideas and values through participation in group discussion
- Be sensitive to the value of ways of life other than your own.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HA011 Introduction to anthropology: natures and cultures.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details