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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

Anthropology of Spaces, Places and the Built Environment

In recent years the cultural study of space, the built environment and natural landscape has challenged western ethnocentric assumptions that everyone experiences space in the same way. This course continues this anthropological investigation, considering the differences and similarities in our spatial experiences, the way societies express themselves and how this varies cross culturally. We will question conventional ideas of space and place, drawing on a range of anthropological perspectives.

  • Next course: Monday, 22 Jan 2018
  • £295
  • Suitable for all

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

Introduction to Visual Anthropology: Documentaries and Ethnographic Films

In this course we will identify what makes an ethnographic film work. We will ask: how can we portray other people’s way of life on film truthfully? What is the appropriate way to represent them? Is it possible to translate their experience objectively? What does the ethnographic method bring to filmmaking? We will consider how anthropology has used filmmaking since the birth of cinema and how filmmaking practices in anthropology have evolved with advances in technology.

  • Next course: Wednesday, 17 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