Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Open Courseware and Resources (Social Sciences (general), Sociology, Anthropology)

- Social Sciences: group of academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world (Wikipedia).
- Sociology: scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture (Wikipedia).
- Anthropology: study of humanity, has origins in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences (Wikipedia).

City Visions: Past and Future

understandings of the city generated from both social science literature and urban design, literature on the history and theory of the city, theory and practice of design visions for the city, conditions under which a variety of design visions were conceived, future prospects of cities, design visions that might reflect these new dynamics: readings

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior, Exploration of human dependence on learned socially transmitted behavior through
consideration of ways of life in a broad range of societies

Anthropology Tutorials

  • biological (Early Theories of Evolution, Primate Behavior, Genetics, Time, Biological Basis of Heredity, Early Primate Evolution, Human Chromosomal Abnormalities, Early Hominin Evolution, Synthetic Theory of Evolution, Early Human Evolution, Human Blood, Evolution of Modern Humans, Human Variation, Human Adaptability, Classification of Living Things, Primates): quizzes, glossary
  • Cultural Anthropology (Human Culture, Ethnicity and Race, Language and Culture, Political Organization, Patterns of Subsistence, Social Control, Economic Systems, Religion, Social Organization, Medical, Kinship, Culture Change, Sex and Marriage, Process of Socialization): glossary

Cultural Anthropology Tutorials

What is Anthropology? Process of Socialization, Human Culture, Ethnicity and Race, Language and Culture, Political Organization, Patterns of Subsistence, Social Control, Economic Systems, Anthropology of Religion, Social Organization, Medical Anthropology, Kinship Culture Change, Sex and Marriage


sociology of religion, secularisation, gender & work, family, families & change, health: essay topics, essay writing guide

Identity in question

identity, focusing upon the individual's perception of self in relation to others, relationships between multi-ethnicity, cultural diversity and identity, effects of inequality and social class upon identity, inequality and social class as they relate to perceived identity

Lecture Notes for Sociology

human societies, culture, socialization, norms, status & role, socials (groups, class), human population, race & minority relations, crime, social institutions, family, religion

Violence, Human Rights and Justice

examines contemporary problem of political violence and way that human rights have been conceived as means to protect & promote freedom, peace & justice for citizens against abuses of state: readings, study materials

Myth, Ritual and Symbolism

how symbols are created and structured, how they draw on and give meaning to different domains of the human world, how they are woven into politics, family life, and the life cycle and how we can interpret them: readings

The Conquest of America

conquest & colonization of Americas with special attention to struggles of native peoples in Guatemala, Canada, Brazil, Panama & colonial New England, Jesuit missionization of the Huron in 630s, struggles between govt of Panama & the Kuna between 1900 and 1925: syllabus, readings, study materials, related resources

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