Anthropology for beginners: what is social anthropology?

Course Dates: 20/09/21 - 29/11/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00

Course Code: HA027

Mon, day, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '21

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.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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.

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


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

Explore our range of anthropology courses online.

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