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Anthropology AS/A Level at The Commonweal School

Course description

"The most scientific of the humanities, the most humanistic of the sciences"

Anthropology is a true mix of humanities and science. It is the study of what it means to be human. It is a chance to explore the diversity in societies in the world today and throughout history. It will give you greater awareness and understanding of the world around you and gives you a chance to debate issues including human rights, ethnic conflict and development.

Anthropology is the in-depth study of humans; their evolution, ways they interact, how they live, and how they come to be who they are. It is concerned with all aspects of people's lives. One minute you could be studying African tribes, the next archaeological remains, and then modern Goths in London.

There are two main branches of anthropology which we will be considering; physical anthropology and social anthropology. Using both branches we explore what it means to be human. From our split with chimpanzees and gorillas approximately six million years ago we take a brief journey through our evolutionary past and explore what it means today. We then turn to the extraordinary cultural diversity that exists on our planet today and in the recent past. Our studies include societies ruled by men, women, powerful shaman and some that are ruled by no one. We explore cultures in which murder is almost unheard of and others where it is a daily occurrence.

Anthropology has been taught in British universities for over one hundred years and remains a popular degree subject.

Entry requirements

There is no prior learning required for this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Commonweal School directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September