Social and Cultural Anthropology (IB Higher and Standard ) at Bexley Grammar School
Ethnographic film and other visual or virtual media may be used in the teaching of ethnography, but this will be treated in the same critical and reflective manner as written ethnography.
Part 1: What is anthropology
• Core terms and ideas in anthropology
• The construction and use of ethnographic accounts
• Methods and data collection
Students of social and cultural anthropology should be familiar with the set of core terms, the methods used by anthropologists and issues associated with the construction of ethnographic accounts.
• Part 2: Social and cultural organization
• Individuals, groups and society
• Societies and cultures in contact
• Kinship as an organizing principle
• Political organization
• Economic organization and the environment
• Systems of knowledge
• Belief systems and practices
• Moral systems
Students must have an understanding of all eight themes listed in Part 2. The themes are closely interconnected and should not be taught in isolation of each other. It is important that these themes should be taught in relation to ethnographic material. The teaching of the themes should emphasize patterns and processes of change in society and culture and that anthropological knowledge changes over time.
Part 3: Observation and critique exercise
In the first six weeks of the course SL students undertake an observation and produce a written report from their field notes. About six months later they are then required to produce a critique of their written report.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bexley Grammar School directly.