Anthropology for beginners: language, culture, communication
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: HA006
Duration: 9 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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.
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).
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?
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?
For those new to Anthropology, we recommend buying the following textbook:
Laura Pountney, Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human? (2015).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We have a range of Anthropology courses: please have a look on our website for more details.