Social & Cultural Anthropology IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth
Why IB Social and Cultural Anthropology?
Anthropologists grapple with the fundamental issues
of what makes us truly human – how are all people,
regardless of cultural difference or location, similar?
In what ways are we unique? How do we as human
beings understand the world around us, both now
and across time? What is the role and function of
culture? How do societies and individuals use culture
to understand and make meaning in the world?
Looking deeply into these questions, from
practical and theoretical perspectives, will help open
your eyes to different cultures and experiences.
This course is intended to challenge your own
assumptions and cultural beliefs systems, as well as
prepare you with the critical thinking and research
skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of
university programmes. Anthropology is a dynamic
and ever-changing field, offering a wide range of
exciting possibilities in today’s global job market.
There are three components to the course:
Part 1 - Engaging with Anthropology
• The Language of Anthropology
• The Practice of Anthropology
• Anthropological Thinking
• Anthropological Ethics (HL only)
Part 2- Engaging with Ethnography
• SL students will complete 4 Areas of Inquiry
(AoI), and HL will complete 4. Students will explore
cultural concepts and theoretical perspectives
related to the following Areas of Inquiry: The Body,
Belonging, Conflict, and Production, Consumption
• Students will apply this study to ethnographies
• Bourgois’ ‘In Search of Respect’ - a study into
social marginalisation in inner city America and
the labour markets available to immigrants.
• Edmonds’ ‘Pretty Modern’ - an account of Brazil’s
emergence of a world leader in plastic surgery
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and of aspects of beauty within a country with
extremes of wealth and poverty.
• Mahdavi’s ‘Passionate Uprisings’ - A firsthand
look at the daily lives of Iranian youth, looking
at their intertwined quests for sexual freedom,
political reform and a better future.
Part 3 - Doing Anthropology
• Fieldwork and anthropological research into an
area of culture determined by the student.
You will be assessed via a mixture of exams and
coursework. Standard Level students will undertake
an observation & critique exercise, whilst higher level
students will work on a more in-depth fieldwork project;
both exercises are centred around your own interests.
Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level.For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website).Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.
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You will be assessed via a mixture of exams and coursework. Standard Level students will undertake an observation coursework, whilst Higher Level students will work on a more in-depth fieldwork project.
Studying Social and Cultural Anthropology will offer direct support for the study of subjects such as Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, as well as many humanities and social science subjects, such as RE and Politics. Combined with History, it would also be an excellent preparation for the study of subjects such as History and Archaeology.
Social and Cultural Anthropology will challenge the way that you look at the world, which will enhance your study of many subjects and be a good preparation for a wide range of jobs, such as politics, journalism and marketing.
How will I study?
You will be taught in thought-provoking seminars where you will be encouraged to give your own opinions. You will have access to excellent library resources, and we will make full use of the superb facilities in Cambridge, such as the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in independent learning, and this will be particularly evident during the Higher Level fieldwork project.
What extra-curricular activities will there be?
Students will enjoy speaker meetings and local and national visits to relevant sites. We will create links with other schools studying the subject from around the world, and hope to arrange a foreign trip to a relevant destination.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.