Cultural Anthropology

An interactive course introducing beginners to the methodologies, models, and history of anthropology
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

Course Synopsis

Anthropology studies the elements that unite us a species, as well as the diversity apparent in our bodies and behaviour. It has traditionally explored institutions found across cultures such as religion, economy, polity, and family, but the discipline has evolved along with the modern world so that it now looks at phenomena as diverse as corporate structures, scientific organisations, film, social media and so on.

This course introduces students to this exciting discipline, and particularly at the place of cultural anthropology within the wider field of anthropology. Students will explore the key questions that cultural anthropology aims to answer, the main methodologies employed by modern anthropologists, and ethical considerations that must be taken into account. The course also looks back in time at the history of anthropology, putting modern anthropology in context by establishing its origins and tracing its development over the years.

In short, the course aims to give students an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and the critical tools necessary for researching the social and cultural aspects of it.

What's Included?

This courses consists of 4 X e-tutorials - audio recordings with accompanying presentation material - each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Regular quizzes and exams ensure that students can check that they are following the topics covered. This courses is available to start instantly online through Udemy – once you’ve chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.

How Does it Work?

The course is broken down into e-tutorials, which are interactive presentations accompanied by audio lectures that take around 30 minutes to complete. Each tutorial is broken down into its major topics - chapters. This ensures that course content is broken down into bitesized educational units that are easy to digest, and also means that content is easily navigable at the pace of the student.

Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying anthropology, archaeology, psychology, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

What are the requirements?

  • Fluent/advanced level of English required
  • An enthusiasm for learning about cultures
  • Students should take notes as they work through the course to aid their memory and understanding

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To understand the questions, perspectives, and methodologies employed by cultural anthropologists
  • To explore the history and development of academic thought within the field of anthropology
  • To study the ethical issues raised by academic research and how to address them in modern research
  • To appreciate the ethical issues raised by academic research and how to address them in modern research
  • To enable students to discuss with confidence the history and development of modern cultural anthropology

Who is the target audience?

  • For students thinking of studying anthropology, archaeology, psychology, and related subjects at university
  • For anyone with a general interest in anthropology and the relationship between society and culture
  • For people who wish to explore how our study of human civilisation has changed through time

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Section 1: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Tutorial 1 Introduction
Chapter 1: What is Anthropology?
Chapter 2: Cultural Anthropology
Chapter 3: The Anthropologist's Perspective
5 questions

A quick quiz to test your knowledge of the topics covered in tutorial 1

Section 2: Research Methods in Anthropology
Tutorial 2 Introduction
Chapter 1: Research Design
Chapter 2: Research Methods
Chapter 3: Anthropological Theories
Chapter 4: Ethics
Chapter 5: Comparisons and Conclusions
5 questions

A quick quiz to test your understanding of tutorial 2

Section 3: Key Theoretical Schools and Figures
Tutorial 3 Introduction
Chapter 1: 19th-Century Anthropologists
Chapter 2: Early 20th-Century Anthropologists
Chapter 3: Mid 20th-Century Anthropologists
Chapter 4: Contemporary Developments
5 questions

A quick quiz to check your understanding of tutorial 3!

Section 4: Social Structure and Construction
Tutorial 4 Introduction
Chapter 1: Social Structure
Chapter 2: Constructionism
Chapter 3: Social Construction
Tutorial 4 Conclusion
5 questions

A quick quiz to recap the topics covered in tutorial 4

Section 5: Final Exam
10 questions

A final, 10-question quiz to test your understanding of the topics covered throughout the course. Make sure to revise thoroughly before you attempt it, and good luck!

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