Anthropology for beginners: what is social anthropology?

Course Dates: 26/09/22 - 05/12/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
This introductory anthropology course will introduce you to an understanding of cross cultural human behaviour and the similarities and differences between societies on a global and local level.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00

Course Code: HA027

Mon, day, 26 Sep - 05 Dec '22

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This introductory course will provide an overview of Social Anthropology and identify its main aims and objectives. Questions we discuss include: what is social anthropology? What does it mean to have different ways of seeing our world? We shall address the birth of the discipline, and how classical anthropologists explored human behaviour via the colonial encounter, and the differences in our global world today. Students will understand what anthropologists do in the field illustrated through cross cultural case studies in ethnographic film and photography.

What will we cover?

-Defining Anthropology
-Anthropology and 19thc Colonial Photography
-Fieldwork research methods
-Classical Anthropologists
-Ethnographic film
-Symbolism and rituals.

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

-Understand human diversity from an anthropological perspective.
-Identify key anthropological terms, theories and debates
-Gain a critical understanding of the historical origins of the discipline Read and discuss cultural texts and ideas.

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

This is an introductory course with no skills or knowledge required.

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

No previous knowledge is required. However an enthusiasm for learning and an open, critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and the benefits 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.

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

You may wish to do the follow-on course HA005 Anthropology of art, ethnographic film and photography in term 2. Please explore our website for more details and our range of anthropology courses.

Yasmin Hales

Yasmin completed a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and an MA in the History of South Asian Art and Architecture which complemented her role as a museum educator and curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her research interest in the social use of space, indigenous art and architecture was consolidated through ethnographic fieldwork in India, and latterly commenced doctoral research in the Anthropology of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and UCL. Yasmin has lectured at various academic institutions including Birkbeck and University of Arts, and is currently based at City Lit and Goldsmiths University, teaching Anthropology modules including Intro to Anthropology, Anthropology of Art, Film and Photography and the Anthropology of Space, Place and the Landscape. She is currently involved in research at the UCL Media Anthropology Lab, working with digital research methods and indigenous Amazonian communities in South America. Yasmin has also curated a Tamil, South Indian community exhibition called the ‘Talking Streets’. ways. She is a freelance anthropology consultant, tutor and delivers a range of successful independent cultural workshops at Anthropology for all.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.