Not available in 2018/19
AN216 Half Unit
Cognition and Anthropology: Human Development in Cultural Environments
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Rita Astuti OLD 6.11
This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law, BA in Social Anthropology and BSc in Social Anthropology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Undergraduates taking this course should have completed an introductory course in anthropology unless granted exemption by the course teacher
The course will examine the contribution that the study of human psychology can make to anthropology. After discussing why anthropologists should pay attention to psychology and why psychologists should pay attention to anthropology, we will examine a range of psychological findings (for example, on infant's knowledge of the physical and mental world) and their relevance to anthropology.
15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT.
This course has a reading week in Week 6 of MT.
Students are expected to prepare discussion material for presentation in the classes. Anthropology students taking this course will have an opportunity to submit a tutorial essay for this course to their personal tutors. For non-Anthropology students taking this course, a formative essay may be submitted to the course teacher.
C Strauss and N Quinn, A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning (1997); M Bloch, How We Think They Think (1998); D Sperber, Explaining Culture (1996); M Cole, Cultural Psychology (1996); M Tomasello, The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition (1999); P Boyer, Religion Explained (2001). Detailed reading lists are provided at the beginning of the course.
Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (30%, 2500 words) in the MT.
Total students 2017/18: 36
Average class size 2017/18: 12
Capped 2017/18: No
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit