Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology for Beginners

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2nd October 2017
Akkadium College - Cultural Anthropology for Beginners - Online Course

Course Description

This online course introduces us to the concepts, theory and practice of cultural and social anthropology. From definitions of cultural identity to the complexities of gender, race, religion and kinship, we explore key issues in the study of human societies and behaviour to nurture a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity.

Drawing from a range of fieldwork case studies, we adopt a comparative cross-cultural perspective that challenges cultural assumptions, and helps us to understand contemporary issues like war and conflict, and the interaction between global world systems and indigenous communities.

We will develop our understanding of the nature of human society by introducing the key concepts, theories and applications of cultural anthropology. We’ll also discover how anthropological theory underlies and informs related disciplines such as archaeology, and how anthropologists use research methods like ethnography to study human behaviour, relationships and cultural practices.

Please note: this is a small group course. Places are limited, and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course Content

In this course we will explore the following topics:

  • What is anthropology? Essential concepts and ideas
  • Doing anthropology: key research methods
  • Marriage, family and kinship
  • Belief systems: ritual and religion
  • Sex, gender and sexuality
Old Ethiopian man

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss key anthropological terms, concepts and practices;
  • Analyse a range of themes and concepts around marriage and kinship;
  • Compare religious ideas and ritual practices among different cultural groups;
  • Examine ethnographic case studies through the lens of a cultural anthropologist.

Your Tutor

Dr. Mark Anderson specialises in field archaeology, the anthropology of ritual and religion, the formation of complex societies, and the archaeology and cultures of Africa.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Mark Anderson

Course Details

Course Duration:The course runs for five weeks.
Learner Support:Learners are fully supported by the tutor throughout the course.
Assessment:Assessment methods include quizzes, tutor and peer discussions, and short written tasks.
Award:Akkadium Certificate of Completion and academic transcript.