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Director of Learning - Mr D Taylor
Social and cultural anthropology is the comparative study of human society and culture.
Imagine you could have lived a thousand different kinds of lives, but you end up having lived only one. Anthropology is like finding out about the thousand other lives you could have lived if you had been born in a different time or place.
You will make sense of other people’s worlds, translate their experiences and explain what they are up to, explore how their societies work and why they believe in whatever it is that they believe in
Anthropologists seek to understand humankind in all its diversity through the study of societies and cultures, questioning questions our assumptions about our own culture, and others.
Areas of anthropological inquiry in this course are: belief and knowledge; social change; culture; identity; materiality; power; social relations and symbolism. It gives an understanding of real-world issues such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality, and human and cultural rights, providing a uniquely rich context in which to explore them. It offers critical insights into how society develops and changes, and what it means to live with differences.


IB Standard Level in Sociology

Course Content

Strand 1 - Engaging with Anthropology
· The language of anthropology
· The practice of anthropology
· Anthropological thinking
Strand 2 - Engaging with Ethnography
We will study one topic from each group:
Group 1
Classifying the world; Health, illness and healing; The body
Group 2
Belonging; Communication, expression and technology; Movement, time and space
Group 3
Conflict; Development; Production, exchange and consumption
Part 3 - Engaging in Anthropological Practice
Limited fieldwork (observation, second data collection and critical reflection)


Paper 1

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 3 compulsory questions from part 1
  • 1 essay question from a possible list of 6
  • 40% of the course

Paper 2

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 1 compulsory question from part 2
  • 1 question from 9 areas of inquiry
  • 40% of the course

Internal Assessment

  • 4 compulsory activities based on part 3: observation report, fieldwork, data collection, analysis and critical reflection
  • 20% of the course.