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).

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

Lecture Notes for Sociology

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

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

Contemporary American Family

evolution of family & how currently defined in US discussing different views about what families should look like, class & ethnic variability & effects of changing gender roles, sexuality, marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, family policy, day care, welfare policy, "family values" debate: syllabus, readings, study questions

Kinship and Social Organization (Interactive Tutorial)

kin fundamentals, systems of descent, terminology, marriage systems, residence rules, ethnographic examples, figures, glossary, FAQ

Rules, Race, and Mel Gibson

Slavoj Zizek talking about the explicit, truth, rules, politics, Mel Gibson, society, race, racism, antisemitism, lecturing and developing a psychoanalysis of culture and societies

Violence, Human Rights and Justice

examines the problem of mass violence and oppression in the contemporary world, and the concept of human rights as a defense against such abuse. It explores questions of cultural relativism, race, gender and ethnicity

Understanding Dyslexia

how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such conditions, how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation

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