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Short courses from the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Cultural Studies

Anthropology Short Courses:

Culture, Society and the Making of Humanity: Introducing Anthropology

Myth, Ritual and Magic: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion

Investigating the Origins of the Paranormal

Cultural Studies Short Courses:

Bad Girls: Representations of Race and Gender in Popular Culture

Black Britain: A History of Struggle and Triumph

Introduction to Cultural Theory

Masters of Sex: Feminisms, Sexuality and the Media

 

Degree listing

Anthropology and Art: Museums, Galleries and Globalisation

An anthropological, cross-cultural understanding of visual and material cultures is crucial to anyone that works in the creative industries, such as those in curatorial roles. Explore the convergances between art and anthropology, and develop your understanding of non-Western artistic cultures, placing them in their proper cultural, historical and socio-economic contexts. This course will enable you to contextualise implicit value systems, challenging Western style models and aesthetics.

  • Next course: Thursday, 11 Jan 2018
  • £295
  • Beginners

Culture, Society and the Making of Humanity: Introducing Anthropology

Why do we identify with some social groups more than others? How do every day activities such as shopping inform our sense of group belonging? Human behaviour, culture and society pose many questions for all of us and through the discipline of anthropology - the study of humans - we can reveal important insights into language, race, marriage, religion, sex and other defining features of our humanity.

  • Next course: Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018
  • £260
  • Beginners

Fundraising and Marketing with Crowdfunding

Learn about all the different options for raising funds and marketing through crowdfunding. This course will ensure you are fully prepared to launch your campaign and get the money and support you need. Whether you are an artist, musician, filmmaker, writer, designer, photographer, or you are involved with a community non-profit, gaining attention and access to funds is vital to bring your ideas to fruition.

  • Next course:
  • £270
  • Beginners

Introduction to Visual Anthropology: Documentaries and Films

In this course we will identify what makes a good documentary or film work. We will consider: what does reality look like and how do documentaries and film reproduce it? Are documentaries more "real"? and does it matter it all? Through the process of watching films and examining the trajectories of individual filmmakers, we will explore the diversity of filmmaking practices which aim to reproduce their own particular notions of reality.

  • Next course: Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018
  • £295
  • Beginners

Investigating the Origins of the Paranormal: Reality, Entertainment and Manipulation

Paranormal beliefs have become extremely widespread in recent years, and are now a focus of many forms of popular entertainment (with paranormal themes informing many contemporary films, TV dramas and reality shows). Why is this? Why do so many of us believe in paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot? Are such beliefs harmful or even dangerous?

  • Next course: Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
  • £260
  • Suitable for all

Myth, Ritual and Magic: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion

This course introduces an anthropological perspective on religion, examining its social role in diverse cross-cultural contexts as well as investigating the societal, evolutionary and psychological significance of religious behaviours with regard to understanding what, if anything, constitutes ‘human nature’.

  • Next course: Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018
  • £260
  • Beginners