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 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.
When your parents were born there were 6000 languages world-wide, but now half of these are no longer taught to school children. Anthropologist Wade Davis asks what does this mean for these cultures?
Unit 1: Being Human: Unity and Diversity
Unit 2: Becoming a Person: Identity and Belonging
Unit 3: Global and Local: Societies, Environments and Globalisation
Unit 4: Practising Anthropology: Methods and Investigations
AS, A level
Standard advanced course requirements including C grade or above in English Language GCSE
HOW THE COURSES ARE ASSESSED
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. An anthropological understanding of human beings will be useful for many careers involving working with or for people.
Lee Gray or Ruth Grier
Varndean College, Surrenden Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6WQ tel: 01273 508011