A-Level Anthropology Course at Varndean College

The most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human in diverse societies around the world today, and how people interact with and change their environments. We look at humanity from different angles including social and cultural as well as biological and evolutionary perspectives.

Anthropology is interested in all aspects of people’s lives; their habits, beliefs, rituals and myths. By studying the everyday details of people’s lives, anthropologists explore what makes us uniquely human and so culturally diverse.

Studying Anthropology will offer you the chance to grapple with these fundamental questions and appreciate topical debates about personal identity, human rights, development, globalisation and ethnic conflict. You will be introduced to key ideas and critical reasoning skills which complement many A level subjects in the humanities and social and human sciences and will be equipped with skills needed for higher education and the complexities of “being human” in the modern world.

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Anthropologist Wade Davis asks when your parents were born there were 6000 languages world-wide, but now half of these are no longer taught to school children – What does this mean for these cultures?

TOPICS COVERED

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Unit 1: Being Human: Unity and Diversity

  • The biological and cultural significance of the human body
  • Ways of thinking and methods of communication
  • Kinship and family
  • Commodities and exchange including gifts
  • Engaging with nature

Unit 2: Becoming a Person: Identity and Belonging

  • What can be a ‘person’?
  • Rites of passage
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Drawing boundaries between humans, animals and cyborgs
  • Race and ethnicity

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Unit 3: Global and Local: Societies, Environments and Globalisation

  • ‘Out of Africa’, migration, tourism and museums
  • Understanding globalisation – its forms and effects
  • Local responses to global processes including development and human rights
  • Impacts on the environment
  • Wars and Nationalism

Unit 4: Practising Anthropology: Methods and Investigations

  • Research methods and theory in Anthropology
  • The chance to conduct a small-scale anthropological investigation, assessed by means of an external written examination

FACTS

COURSES AVAILABLE


AS and A2

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS



Standard advanced course requirements.

HOW THE COURSES ARE ASSESSED


100% exam

EXAMBOARD


AQA

WHERE DOES IT LEAD?


Anthropology is a rapidly growing Higher Education choice, but the A level will be good preparation for a range of higher education courses in the social and human sciences and humanities. Careers involving working with or for people.

ENQUIRIES


Lee Gray

OTHER INFORMATION


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Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6WQ tel: 01273 508011