Introduction to Social Anthropology

Module Leader:
Emese Bálint
2018-2019 Summer
Immersion 1
Social Sciences

Social anthropology is the study of cultures and sub-cultures existing in our present day; this discipline uses hands-on, empirical methods to map and understand all phenomena related to human life. The module will introduce you to basic concepts and subfields of anthropology, such as concepts of self, ritual and myth, kinship, and proxemics. You will be reading various articles and case studies to elaborate in-class material and expected to complete assignments involving reflections on readings and autonomous research.

Everything humans do, create, think, and feel is embedded in a cultural system; experience and meaning are culturally determined. The anthropological perspective you will gain during this course is valuable and useful no matter which social science you decide to pursue.

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