Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology.

Age/Level

Primary

Introduction:

Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology.

Many anthropologists work in their own societies looking at economics, health, education, law, and policy (to name just a few topics). When trying to understand these complex issues, they keep in mind what they know about biology, culture, types of communication, and how humans lived in the past.

Objective:

1. What do you think anthropology is? How does it differ from other subjects?
2. Why do you want to study anthropology? What do you hope to get out of
the experience?

Anthropology Definition
Anthropology is a fancy word for the study of humankind. Coming from the Greek words anthropos, meaning ‘human,’ and logia, meaning ‘study,’ it seeks to understand all things human.

Assignment:

What do anthropologists do?

Divde students into groups to work on an imaginable story then a strategy
which will include:
1) The kind of information they want to bring back i.e. what they want to find out
2) The method by which (how) they are going to get the information.

Usefulness of anthropology

After presenting the stories and the strategies, give them 10/15 min to discuss – in groups – what uses could their findings have? Why is it worth finding out this information?

Author: Dianna Georgina