Foundations in Cultural Anthropology is a five-week online course that will introduce you 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, you will explore key concepts in the study of human societies and behaviour, and 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. Our enquiry-based approach will help us to understand contemporary issues, like family ties, religion, and the interaction between global world systems and indigenous communities.
By introducing, applying and critiquing fundamental theories and methods of anthropological research, we will deepen our understanding of human society and begin to view the world through an anthropological lens.
We’ll also discover how anthropological theory complements and informs related disciplines like archaeology, and how anthropologists use research methods such as ethnography to study human behaviour, relationships and cultural practices. We will also find out where cultural anthropologists are working today, and how they are contributing to our understanding of the modern world.