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New: Anthropology In Everyday Life

'Anthropologytells us that people are the same the whole world over - except when they are different' (Nancy Banks Smith). Working with this paradox, anthropologists compare and contrast how people think and behave in different cultures and societies across the world. Crucially, they do this holistically and non-judgmentally, challenging commonplace assumptions and sometimes subverting conventional wisdom as a result. Find out how their discoveries can be applied to enhance our understanding of key current issues in the world we know.

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Who is this course for

The course is for anyone who is interested in discovering what Anthropology is about and ways of applying it to help make greater sense of the world we are familiar with. The only requirements are that you are open-minded, prepared to contribute to class discussion, and are interested in people and current affairs.

What does this course cover

We will discuss a variety of topical and everyday issues, for example race and ethnicity, class, gender, identity, health, fashion, humour and food. In each case our learning objectives will essentially be (a) to consider what anthropologists and other thinkers have made of the topic in question; and then (b) to propose how their findings apply (or don't) to our own everyday experience of them. Students may optionally research and present a relevant case study to the class at the end of the course.
Given the intentionally wide scope of the course, we will inevitably draw from time to time on other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, philosophy and politics. Underpinning this is the recognition that each student brings their own unique experiences and beliefs, and that sharing these across the class as a whole enriches everyone's learning experience.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Explain the scope of Anthropology and where it fits among the social sciences and other disciplines
- Appreciate and critique the methodologies used by practitioners
- Show how Anthropology has sharpened their understanding of at least three topics recently or currently in the news.

What will it be like

Learning and teaching methods include tutor presentation, class discussion, small group activities with feedback to the whole class, watching documentary film, individual research. Students may choose to work on their own project which they can present to the whole class at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

You only need paper and pen. You should read the material provided by the tutor. This will help you to participate fully in class.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to a range of anthropology and other social science courses at the Mary Ward Centre and other colleges.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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