Anthropology: what is anthropology?
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: HA004
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course introduces basic anthropological approaches, methods and a selection of topics drawn from the discipline’s interest areas.
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 including 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's 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?
Weekly topics will be examined comparatively to evaluate differences and similarities between different cultures and societies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify what anthropology is
• Explain anthropology's main concerns and areas of investigation
• Assess similarities and differences between different social settings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required. However an enthusiasm for learning and an open and 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. 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?
Having taken this course, you may be interested in taking HA024 Anthropology: humans and their cultures, or one of our other Anthropology courses. Please search online for more details.
In addition to teaching for City Lit, anthropologist Max Carocci is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond, the American University in London. After twelve years teaching and coordinating the join programme World Arts and Artefacts for Birkbeck and the British Museum, Max continued to teach in universities (University of East Anglia, Chelsea College of Art, and Goldsmiths College). Max is research active, and promotes anthropology through public talks, documentary making, consultancies, collaborations with learned institutions, museums and galleries, as well as the publishing world. He curated exhibitions for the British Museum, the Royal Anthropological Institute (London), the Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt), and the Venice Biennale, and currently continues his involvement with indigenous artists from the Americas on multiple projects. His forthcoming co-edited book Art, Observation, and an Anthropology of Illustration (Bloomsbury, 2022) will complement a co-authored book he is writing with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt on mutual representations of Europeans and indigenous Americans in the visual arts.
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.