We are excited to be launching two new modules for the first year students who will be joining us in September 2018. The new modules are Investigating Social Issues and The Anthropological Imagination.
Investigating Social Issues will introduce students to a range of challenges facing societies. The content will reflect current events and social problems that are shaping political, media, and sociological concerns. Topics will include: elites and globalisation; environmental issues; media fragmentation in a post-truth age; the impact of smartphones for the self and personal relationships; the consequences of platform capitalism; and the world of work in precarious times. We will be looking at how a sociological perspective helps us to understand the connections between personal experience and wider social, economic, political and technological changes. The module will draw on a range of sources from academic books and articles to podcasts, short films and documentaries.
The Anthropological Imagination will give students insights into diverse cultures across the globe including the world of narcotics, cartels and gang violence in Mexico and Columbia; witchcraft in the Sudan; the culture of policing in South Africa; an investigation of Japanese hostess clubs; and the politics of environmental disaster and heatwaves in Chicago. Using a range of classic and contemporary texts, we examine what an anthropological approach brings to the study of social relationships and life today.
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