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IB Subjects - Social and Cultural Anthropology

The IB Social and Cultural Anthropology course will enable you to develop critical knowledge in relation to your own role as a global actor. We will learn how to be internationally minded, globally aware and ethically sensitive to the world in which we live.

Using an anthropological lens we will study cross cultural ethnographic material from Amazonian tribes and the American Amish, via plastic surgery addicts in Brazilian favelas, to crack cocaine dealers in New York and Indian Dalits (untouchables) working in call centres.

 

IN YEAR 12 WE WILL FOCUS ON LOOKING AT THE 6 BIG ANTHROPOLOGICAL QUESTIONS.
  1. What is culture?

  2. What does it mean to be a person?

  3. What does it mean to live in society?

  4. How are we the same and yet different from each other?

  5. Why does anthropology matter?

  6. To what extent is it possible to know others?

Our first text is the fascinating In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois

This is a five-year study of Puerto Rican drug dealers, drug users, and local residents in New York’s East Harlem (or “El Barrio”). We learn about the interconnected social and economic factors that drive El Barrio’s youth into the drug trade: lack of opportunities, violence and racism. The study explores the identities of the residents and how they win respect through an anti-establishment street culture.

 

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH TASKS

To get you started thinking about these global issues and to research your own interests independently I would like you to follow the link to the TED talk website and head to global issues.

https://www.ted.com/talks?sort=newest&language=en&topics%5B%5D=Global+issues

Find and watch a TED talk that corresponds to each of the topics we are studying.

  • CONFLICT

  • THE BODY

  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE (TIME &/OR SPACE)

Think about these questions - Why did you choose that talk? How does it link to the topic?

For movement you could watch ‘Learning from a barefoot movement’ by Bunker Roy or for the body you could look at ‘Your body language may shape who you are’ by social psychologist Amy Cuddy.

You could also watch any of these shows to broaden your knowledge about the world.

 

Binge worthy anthropological shows

The Geographical World - What is culture?

Race Across the World - BBC IPlayer

Simon Reeve Documentaries - Africa and Latin America - BBC IPlayer

Making Unorthodox - Netflix

Tales by Light - Netflix

James May Our Man in Japan - Prime

 

Society - What does it mean to live in society?

Models: Street to Catwalk - BBC IPlayer

A. Dot's Story of Grime - BBC IPlayer

Britain's Teenage Drug Runners - BBC IPlayer

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons – Netflix

13th - Netflix

Hip Hop Evolution - Netflix

Fantastic Festivals of the World - Prime

 

The Body - What does it mean to be a person?

Who are you calling Fat? - BBC IPlayer

Cheer – Netflix

Beyoncé – Homecoming - Netflix

Stacey Dooley Investigates - BBC IPlayer (or any of her other programmes)

The Botox Bust - Ellie Undercover - BBC IPlayer

 

FILM LIST – AS YOU WATCH THESE YOU COULD THINK ABOUT WHICH ONE OF THE 6 BIG QUESTIONS IT MOSTLY HELPS TO DISCUSS.

Slumdog Millionaire

8 Mile

Get rich or die tryin’

I, Daniel Blake

Kite Runner

Hotel Rwanda

Lion

 

Any questions - please email Miss Simons