Anthropology of Current World Issues

Provided by:
9/10 stars
based on  17 reviews
Provided by:
Cost FREE , Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Start Date In Session

Course Details

Cost

FREE,
Add a Verified Certificate for $99

Upcoming Schedule

  • In Session

Course Provider

edX online courses
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be tau...
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

Provider Subject Specialization
Sciences & Technology
Business & Management
22217 reviews

Course Description

This course will allow you to better understand the world around you through utilising the anthropological lens. You will learn about the way in which anthropology as a discipline can shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and material culture.

We want to challenge you to reflect on your own perspective when thinking about these issues, how you see the world and how we all engage with difference and sameness on a daily basis.

We will interview notable anthropologists and follow some around the world and into their field to explore the issues, the people they work with and their place in the world.

Reviews 9/10 stars
17 Reviews for Anthropology of Current World Issues

Ratings details

  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.

Sort By
Saiprasad Shetty profile image
Saiprasad Shetty profile image

Saiprasad Shetty

8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 11 months ago
I am glad I took up this course. I have a deep interest in the topic of indigenity and to evolve in response to that question of what exactly is indigenous was worth pondering. But surprisingly more than that it was 'Living within limits' unit that really left a mark. The experience of Cubans reusing plastic bags unintentionally leading to sustainability is one such takeaway. I would highly recommend this course across streams.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
 profile image
 profile image

2/10 starsDropped
  • 1 review
  • 0 completed
2 years, 9 months ago
I am very disappointed. So much so that I am dropping the class partway through. I expected "cultural anthropology" and got a type of sociology class encompassing interviews with "cultural" anthropologists in various places. As an example, a whole lecture and test was on the value women in Cuba placed on their pressure cookers because they were so hard to replace. But, they still love their government (sounds more like political science than cultural anthropology). Giving two stars is a gift.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Aleta March profile image
Aleta March profile image

Aleta March

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
This course will forever stand out in my mind as one of the best I have ever taken. It allowed the students to become participants in the examination of current anthropological issues.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Fascinating course with high quality material for people with a range of levels of background knowledge. At times I was trying to study where internet access was poor. I was able to download the text of the lectures.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
The course content is rich and engaging and helps the learner to think critically about issues. Interviews with people and explanations by the instructor are also very interesting and help greatly in the understanding of anthropology. The course provider also offers a platform that is easy to navigate and allows for good interaction through discussion forums, quizzes and opinion maps.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
This course has helped me to create a wider view in this world.How people live and build up their lives according to their envirements and possibilities.. I learned a lot thanks to this course and it has encouraged me to keep on reading and searching about how our people all over the world live and think..I enjoyed it very much, it has been a eye-opener to me.Thank you for this opportunity you gave the world.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Nandini Karky profile image
Nandini Karky profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
3 years, 6 months ago
Looking back, the thing I most loved about this course was travelling to a new country every week and delving into some of the deep issues that the people of the land face, via this course. In line with that, I would suggest to the instructors and providers to work on adding supplementary courses to this one and expanding the geographical reach to include the work of anthropologists in many other countries. This course enthused me to learn more about this subject and current trends. The only concern was that the quizzes were rather easy to do. Still, for a subjective perspective, the many maps came in handy and helped me to understand the views of students across the world on the topic we are handling every week. A thoroughly enjoyable course for anyone wanting to peer into the world of anthropology.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Robert Lake profile image
Robert Lake profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
3 years, 9 months ago
My interest for many years has been in the origins and evolution of the human race. I had shied off social and cultural anthropology, thinking that these were really part of the sociology field. I am, however, very pleased that I took this course; it gave me a much wider understanding of contemporary issues, and also of the full range of anthropological studies and activities. This course is of value not only to those interested in anthropology per se, but to anyone interested in the human condition today.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
its very great course for beginners , well organized and easy to handle and understand , I highly recommended it for people interest or need to know about anthropology
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
To acquainted with Anthropology this was an excellent course. The set-up of the course was nice and informative without getting bored. The videos were nice with Gerhard Hoffstaedter in the lead role, which he did excellent as did all the other instructors. The course level could be a bit higher but on the other hand as an introduction to anthropology, it is understandable that it is done in this way! Really recommendable this course!!
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Student profile image
Student profile image

Student

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
A lot of information is given during this course. By interviewing a lot of anthropologists they give a diversity in topics and viewpoints. That is what anthropology is about.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Chamira Athauda profile image
Chamira Athauda profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
4 years, 7 months ago
This is an exceptional introductory course, dealing with the politics, the methodology and the practise of anthropology. The three star rating is very unjust and I think this is because a lot of people have misunderstood the idea of developing a 'tool-kit' by examining a very specific area but which can be applied in general to all areas. People who are complaining about the lack of focus on global warming, for example, do not seem to realise that they can now use what this course has taught them and do their own research. I really hope this course is repeated. It is fantastic.
Was this review helpful? Yes2
 Flag
student profile image
student profile image

student

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
this is great course. I love learning cultures of the world. there are about 200 nations on earth and 7 billion people on earth. the earth now has 7 billion people. we should know more about all people of the earth. courses should be free free free on internet. I remember college from 10 years ago. there is NO reason one class has to have 50 people when, now in digital age we can have 50 million or 500 million people. now has come for a time where billions of people, all 7 billion, can have free access to world -class university. from a class of 100, we can now have a class for 3-7 billion people. this class is great, I learned a great deal about all people of the world.
Was this review helpful? Yes1
 Flag
Paul Hundal profile image
Paul Hundal profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 138 reviews
  • 119 completed
4 years, 8 months ago
This has been an excellent course, a great way to be introduced to anthropology. The course is well organized, interesting, the marking system is fair and free of any technical glitches that plague some courses. The technical side has been superbly handled (like other Queensland course I've taken) and the instructors have been great. I strongly recommend this course if you would like to learn something about anthropology and the world. The time commitment is light which is good if you don't have a lot of time.
Was this review helpful? Yes1
 Flag
carine verdet profile image
carine verdet profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
4 years, 7 months ago
I enjoyed this course very much: it was a good mind-opening. I am only waiting for the follow-up !
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
student profile image
student profile image

student

6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I enjoy the course and will stick around till the end. But I think the title was slightly misleading. For me current world issues are somewhere along the line of global warming, overpopulation, terrorism, criminality, the power of social media, etc. etc. and not 'ever present' anthropological issues such as indigenity or living within limits.
Was this review helpful? Yes0
 Flag
Marc Stanton profile image
Marc Stanton profile image
1/10 starsDropped
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
4 years, 8 months ago
I expected to learn sound and consistent model via academic experiment and actual happenings that would document any of the concepts shown throughout the course. Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lively and enthusiastic presenter, with clear knowledge of the theme. He has the right amount of passion for the subject and clear perception to guide other presenters into a meaningful presentation. However, unlike other MOCCS I took, this course was unable to present a theory of antropological relationships and back them up with experiment and design and event data. Further, the examples provided were few and were mainly based upon other teacher's concepts. The fact that I scored 100% right answers on all tests did not prove how well I grasped any course learning, but rather my copy and paste hability in capturing the asked question and then looking for the same words within the provided video transcript. My own practical theory is that if I can... I expected to learn sound and consistent model via academic experiment and actual happenings that would document any of the concepts shown throughout the course. Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lively and enthusiastic presenter, with clear knowledge of the theme. He has the right amount of passion for the subject and clear perception to guide other presenters into a meaningful presentation. However, unlike other MOCCS I took, this course was unable to present a theory of antropological relationships and back them up with experiment and design and event data. Further, the examples provided were few and were mainly based upon other teacher's concepts. The fact that I scored 100% right answers on all tests did not prove how well I grasped any course learning, but rather my copy and paste hability in capturing the asked question and then looking for the same words within the provided video transcript. My own practical theory is that if I can just find an answer by copy and paste mechanism, I am not learning anything at all. Worst part of all was filling lectures with interviews from other professors, who in turn would just provide their own definition of a subject. These professors may well be experts in their own very fields, and as ignorant to the subject I cannot tell they are wrong. But without a model or data from actual happenings, their opinions are just as good as mine. There were very few actual events used to present cases. And a number of different resources that could have outlived speakers that have little hability in presenting their points. I found the course a waste of time, offering little to no chance of improving my knowledge. The fact that Anthropology may not be exact science, but rather a social science, should not prevent teachers to offer hard data evidence and make test interpretation part of the answer by building a model. This course needs complete re-writing. Teachers have good intention, but results are poor.
Was this review helpful? Yes1
 Flag

Rating Details


  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars
  • 5 stars
  • 4 stars
  • 3 stars
  • 2 stars
  • 1 stars

Rankings are based on a provider's overall CourseTalk score, which takes into account both average rating and number of ratings. Stars round to the nearest half.