Social Anthropology - Anthropological Connections
Kay Milton declared anthropology to be ‘the most interdisciplinary of the disciplines’. In this course we look at how anthropologists have collaborated with and drawn upon other academic traditions, such as zoology and medicine, geography and sociology, literature and the law. We examine some current debates in society and each talk will be accompanied by a film or other activity. We will wrap up the course with a class discussion on ‘what is the point of all this anthropology?
Week 1: Humans and other animals: what do our relationships with other creatures tell us about ourselves?
Week 2: Does stuff matter? Objects and artefacts and the comfort of things.
Week 3: Space and place: dwelling in the built environment.
Week 4: Managing agendas in the Ebola crisis: medicine, politics and the people.
Week 5: Anthropology as activism: the case of the Dakota Pipeline protest.
Week 6: Cruise ships and cannibal tours: the tourism debate.
Week 7: Cultural heritage versus human rights: who gets to decide?
Week 8: Anthropologists and literature: or why Jane Austen is an ethnographer.
Semester 2: 8 week course
beginning on Wednesday 22 January 2020
Course fees for one semester:
Standard £65, Concession £60
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