Introduction to Anthropology

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Anthropology

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The module aims to introduce students to basic concepts and themes in anthropology with a view of developing a critical perspective on the challenges currently faced by humans in contemporary societies. It will tackle subjects under the rubrics of culture, language, environment and subsistence, power and politics, kinship and family, religion and worldview, and globalisation. By using illustrations from ground level studies of the day-to-day experience of people in both western and non-western countries, the module will endeavour to provide students with a fresh and stimulating perspective on contemporary transformations in Ireland and beyond.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terms, ideas and concepts in anthropology, of a range of appropriately identified ethnographic materials, of specified themes in social and cultural organization, and of patterns and processes of change in society and culture.
    2. recognize key anthropological concepts in unfamiliar anthropological materials, recognize and analyse the viewpoint of the anthropologist/position of the observer in anthropological materials, use ethnographic examples and anthropological concepts to formulate an argument

Course Disclaimer

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