This course has concessions available

An Anthropological Perspective on Current Events and Issues

Wade Davis warns against seeing our western world view as the gold standard. Other ways of understanding the world are not failed attempts to keep up with us, they are just alternatives. He quotes Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, as saying her greatest fear was that we would wake from a dream one day having forgotten there were even other possibilities. This course will draw on alternative world views, throwing a different light on current events and issues. Topics will be drawn from a wide range of areas and will be current, so the course is suitable for returners. The emphasis will be on discussion, sharing ideas and experiences

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Who is this course for

The course is for anyone who is interested in finding out what Anthropology can contribute to our understanding and analysis of current events and issues. The only requirement is that you are open-minded, prepared to contribute to discussion and interested in people as well as current events and issues.

What does this course cover

Some materials will be provided as pre-reading each week. The sharing of relevant materials will be encouraged. By the end of the course you should be able to:
o Explain the key features of an anthropological perspective.
o Analyse selected events or issues using an anthropological approach.
o Evaluate the usefulness (to you and to wider society) of using an anthropological approach to investigate current events and issues.

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

Students can enrol on next year's Anthropology or Archaeology courses

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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