Cultural Anthropology Interactive

Course Synopsis

Anthropology studies the elements that unite us a species, as well as the diversity apparent in our bodies and behaviour. It has traditionally explored institutions found across cultures such as religion, economy, polity, and family, but the discipline has evolved along with the modern world so that it now looks at phenomena as diverse as corporate structures, scientific organisations, film, social media and so on.

This course introduces students to this exciting discipline, and particularly at the place of cultural anthropology within the wider field of anthropology. Students will explore the key questions that cultural anthropology aims to answer, the main methodologies employed by modern anthropologists, and ethical considerations that must be taken into account. The course also looks back in time at the history of anthropology, putting modern anthropology in context by establishing its origins and tracing its development over the years.

In short, the course aims to give students an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and the critical tools necessary for researching the social and cultural aspects of it.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





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Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying anthropology, archaeology, psychology, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the questions, perspectives, and methodologies employed by cultural anthropologists
  • To explore the history and development of academic thought within the field of anthropology
  • To study the ethical issues raised by academic research and how to address them in modern research

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand different research methods, their uses, and outcomes
  • Appreciate the ethical concerns that anthropologists must address
  • Discuss with confidence the history and development of modern cultural anthropology


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

1-1.5 hrs

The first tutorial focuses on defining the field of anthropology in general, and establishes the place of cultural anthropology within this broader field. It will provide students with an understanding of the concept of culture and how the term has been treated by various generations of academics. The tutorial also provides students with an idea of the various career prospects an anthropology degree offers.

Tutorial 2

Research Methods in Anthropology

1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial focuses on what sets cultural anthropology apart from other social sciences. It will introduce students to the concept of fieldwork, participant observation, and the distinction between emic and etic research. The material will also cover general methods for data collection such as interviews and case studies, and will encourage students to consider the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative versus quantitative research.

Tutorial 3

Key Theoretical Schools and Figures

1-1.5 hrs

The third tutorial will present students with two key concepts in cultural anthropology: social structure and social construction. Students begin with a look at the concept of social structure and how it is used to organise and categorise the human experience, before moving on to the concept of social construction - the idea that we actively create our reality, and that our experience of the world is coloured by our subjective positions within it.

Tutorial 4

Social Structure and Construction

1-1.5 hrs

The final tutorial takes a closer look at some of the major figures who have contributed to the development of modern cultural anthropology. It offers a historical romp through the schools of thought in anthropology, presenting important figures such as Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Margaret Mead and Levi-Strauss through to the contemporary trends of post-modernism and post-structuralism. This will give students an understanding of the evolution of the field, and the internal process of critique in the discipline.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites An enthusiasm for learning about other cultures
Fluent/advanced level of English
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university
Difficulty level: Moderate
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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