Hannah Arendt (Philosopher)
Teacher: Mette Skamris Lessons: 4 /week
It is the purpose of this course to deepen our understanding of culture both as a concept and as the lived life of people all over the world. The course draws on ideas and questions from anthropology and students’ own experiences to explore and understand what culture is, and how it shapes the way we relate to the world.
The questions we will engage with will include issues and concerns that we face as a global community today, such as migration, identity, religion and traditions. We will explore some of the main forms of difference and inequality such as race, gender, age and ethnicity, and come to understand how they come about in our own societies.
Furthermore, the topics of this course will relate to our everyday lives, for example living in an international community like The International People’s College provides us the perfect laboratory for studying culture – and we will take advantage of that by using our backgrounds and experiences to deepen our understanding of culture.
In the class, key anthropological concepts for studying culture will be introduced, but the class will largely be based on active student participation. We will have discussions, presentations, student led research, conduct interviews with other students and also some practical cultural experiences such as cooking or other cultural rituals.