Online course in Politics & the Modern World

Anthropology: Understanding Societies and Cultures

Gain an introduction to anthropology: the study of societies and cultures. Learn how the discipline has changed over time.

Anthropology: Understanding Societies and Cultures

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

Learn more about society, cultural issues and practices

You are invited on a journey to different places and different times. On this course, you will learn about diverse ways of living and explore cultural differences and similarities.

You will be introduced to a number of anthropological theories and gain insights into how the study of other cultures and societies can help us deal with urgent problems confronting our own societies and the modern world.

Through your new knowledge about other cultures, you will reflect on your own cultural home, society and world views.

What topics will you cover?

  • An introduction to social and cultural anthropology
  • The historical development of modern social and cultural anthropology
  • Basic theoretical and analytic models applied in anthropology, including kinship theory
  • A basic introduction to anthropological fieldwork and ethnography

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Investigate what the discipline of anthropology is and how it relates to the concepts of ‘culture’ and ‘society’
  • Describe the historical evolution of anthropology, from its foundation to the present day.
  • Produce ethnographic field notes related to a field work exercise.
  • Identify the significant theorists and theories undergirding anthropology.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in anthropology, cultural issues in society, or the workings of society and cultural practices. It would also suit those looking to develop their critical thinking or research skills. No prior experience is required.

Who will you learn with?

Hedda Askland

Hedda Askland

Senior Lecturer of Social Anthropology in the School of Humanities and Social Science at UON.

Daniela Heil

Daniela Heil

Senior Lecturer of Anthropology, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle (Australia). Research interests: Australian Aboriginal health, and German parents working with ARTs

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #214 in the world (QS rankings, 2019).

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