Anthropology for beginners: humans and their cultures
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HA024
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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?
This course is a complement to HA004: Anthropology for Beginners: what is anthropology? but new students are very welcome. An enthusiasm for learning and an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment of this course. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts from anthropological texts and journals, and be prepared to discuss these readings 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 be delivered online, and run as 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. To participate in this class your will need a computer or tablet, with a camera and microphone, and be able to access Zoom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
For those new to Anthropology, we recommend buying the following textbook:
Laura Pountney, Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human? (2015)
You should have a notepad or paper and a writing implement available, to make notes and record your thoughts and reflections.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Those taking this course may be interested in our other Anthropology courses, such as HA006 Introductory anthropology: language, culture, communication.