22/2 – Human Nature

Module Leader:
Orsolya Barna, Ye In Oh
2022-2023 Autumn

What does it mean to be human? How would an anthropologist approach and respond to this question as opposed to a psychologist? In this module, we will be doing just that – delving into the question of attempting to define and identify features and themes in ‘human nature’ from an anthropological and from a psychological perspective. Through covering specific topics from language, mimesis, gender, norms, and models, the module will aim to instil an appreciation of methodologies, approaches, and key questions used in the two fields – and therefore, also naturally engendering an interdisciplinary lens to critically examine important themes in natural and social sciences. This module is recommended for anyone who would like a broad introduction to both fields and related subjects in natural sciences and social sciences.

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