Anthropology Course: A Contemporary Analysis

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This anthropology course studies diverse people and societies today. It provides a line of inquiry and a way of conceptualising issues, questions and events from a social anthropological perspective. Anthropology can be done by everyone, everywhere – individually and collaboratively. It involves developing knowledge of environments and perspectives, socially, spiritually and politically including how the young are cared for, how work is performed, the development and use of technologies as well as social and political structures. This anthropology course will draw on an interdisciplinary approach to show how anthropological knowledge, theory, and methods are applied to permit critical reflection on contemporary societal problems including anything for example, from Brexit to consumerism to the use of social media. In so doing, questions such as what is anthropological knowledge and methods will be explored. This anthropology course will also tease out how studying social anthropology reforms how we reflect on issues in societies today such as gender, illness and healing, nutrition, local and global politics, the environment and rebuilding communities following disasters.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this anthropology course participants will learn about:

  1. Enhancing foundation knowledge, concepts and methods of anthropology
  2. Perceiving the world from various perspectives and prisms
  3. Increasing understanding of cultural differences and sameness
  4. Comparative cultural analysis
  5. Increasing knowledge and understanding about current world issues relating to identity, power, well-being in its broadest sense in diverse contexts of everyday life.

Course Content

Over the duration of this anthropology course, participants will explore a wide range of topics spanning many of the key themes of research in social anthropology. Topics will include:

Thinking Anthropologically

  • What does it mean to be human.
  • How culture shapes communities.
  • Uncovering contradictions and narratives that shape lives.

How to investigate any context using anthropological methods

  • Qualitative and quantitative.
  • Ethnomethodology.
  • Interviews.
  • Longitudinal studies or observations.
  • Surveys and interpretative analysis.

Understanding identity and difference

  • Roles, Rituals and status.
  • Gender, Language and Inequality.
  • Outsiders and Insiders.

Theories of learning and change

  • Institutions.
  • Communities.
  • Future outlooks.

Anthropological inquiry into the world of work

  • Work and Professions.
  • Leisure.
  • Development of entrepreneurship and innovation.


  • Forms of disaster
  • Attributions
  • Recovery
  • Risk and Hazards
  • Exposure and liability.


  • Traditional and alternative.
  • Lifestyle choices.

Drawing the threads together

Intended Audience

This anthropology course is suitable for anyone interested in gaining insights and skills for examining diverse and unfamiliar ways of life.

Delivery Style

This anthropology course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor led lecture, analysis of case studies and group discussions. This training course strives to encourage active and informed participation, group analysis and debate of the facts, issues and insights into our changing world.

Course Prerequisites

This anthropology course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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