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.
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?
A complement to HA004: Beginners' Anthropology but new students are very welcome. An enthusiasm for learning and an open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. 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 prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HA006 Introductory anthropology: language, culture, communication.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details