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  A-LEVEL ANTHROPOLOGY w w w. d i s c o v e r a n t h r o p o l o g y. o r g . u k  p.1 What is Anthropology? Anthropology is the study of people- their evolutionary history, how they behave and adapt to dierent environments, as well as the ways in which they communicate and socialise. The study of anthropology is concerned  both with the biological features that make us human (such as physiology, genetic makeup, and evolution) and with social aspects (such as language, culture, politics, family and religion). Whether studying the Maasai of East Africa or Goths in London, anthropologists examine diverse aspects of people’s lives: the everyday practices, as well as the more dramatic rituals and ceremonies which dene us as human beings. A-level Anthropology: An Overview Exam Board: AQAThe Anthropology A-level provides an opportunity for students to engage with fundamental questions of what it means to be human - from how we have evolved, to the ways in which we organise our social relations and form distinct political and socioeconomic systems. At A2 students are able to expand and deepen their knowledge to explore topics such as globalisation, sustainable development and human rights. Students nish the course by applying their understanding of anthropological principles to a small-scale investigation on a research topic of their choice .   Unit 1 Being Human: Unity and Diversity  covers 4 areas: • The human body: evolution, race, cosmetic surgery, taooing, dress• Ways of thinking and communicating: language, religion, witchcra • Organising social relations: marriage, kinship, gi-exchange, power• Engaging with nature: subsistence, environmental adaptation AS Anthropology: Units 1 & 2  Unit 2 Becoming a Person: Processes, Practices and Consequences covers 4 areas: • Personhood: how we dene what a ‘person’ is cross-culturally• Becoming a person: stages of life, coming of age, gender and sexuality • Creating and maintaining identity: symbols, history and space• Drawing boundaries and dening groups: ethnic and religious conict A2 Anthropology: Units 3 & 4 Unit 3 Global and Local: Societies, Environments and Globalisation  covers 3 areas: • Movement of people, ideas and objects: asylum, migration, tourism• The local perspective: indigenous rights and resistance • Perspectives on world issues: human rights, poverty, environmental and political conicts Unit 4 Practising Anthropology: Methods and Investigations Students study anthropological concepts, theories and methods and apply their knowledge to a personal investigation on a topic of their choice. Students carry out their own research and write up a report. Topics may include: student life at school, gender roles in pub culture, social relationships in taoo parlours, and expressions of language and identity on social media. p.2  A-LEVEL ANTHROPOLOGY www.discoveranthropology.org.uk Course Requirements   Students should enjoy learning about dierent cultures, societies and ways of life. They should welcome the opportunity to develop their literacy skills - the ability to read and understand complex texts, to express ideas in spoken and wrien form, and the opportunity to develop analytical and research skills. Methods of Learning On the course students will:• Take part in structured debates and discussions• Analyse rst-hand research through texts and lms• Develop skills of critical enquiry to explore global issues • Write extensive essays as part of assessment and examinations Methods of Assessment This course is 100% exam-based. However, in Unit 4 (A2), half of the questions are based on a small practical investigation students will carry out beforehand. Communication skills : interview and presentations techniques, group work, adaption to dierent social situations, interpersonal skills Research and writing : gathering, processing and analysing data, critical evaluation of wrien and visual anthropological material, essay writing, reports and presentation techniques Core skills obtained Combination with other A-levels Anthropology combines well with a large number of other A-level subjects in particular, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and Biology. University Admissions and Career Possibilities Anthropology is a rigorous academic subject which allows students to develop essential transferable skills needed for higher education, employment and training. Universities value the subject because of its traditional academic nature. Anthropology can lead to a wide variety of career paths ranging from education, charity and international development, to lm, business and politics. For more information, resources and assessment details visit: www.aqa.org.uk  and www.discoveranthropology.org.uk    P  h  o t   o C r  e  d  i   t   s  :  C o v e  r  © W i   l   l   i   a m C h  o ,  p  g . 1  © K i   m L  o n  g i   n o  o ,  p  g . 2  © J   o s  e   p h  L  a n n i   n  g . D e  s  i    g n e  d  a n d  P  r  o d  u c  e  d  b   y N a f  s  a F  e  r  a p.3
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