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Ethnographic Video Online, Royal Anthropological Institute Teaching Edition

Ethnographic Video Online, Royal Anthropological Institute Teaching Edition, is a curriculum-aligned collection of videos and segments curated to support the teaching of introductory anthropology courses. Each video and segment within this collection is accompanied by a teaching guide providing background information, lesson plans, and classroom exercises and activities. There are a variety of teaching themes, including family and kinship, gender, identity, belief, archaeology, and primate behavior. All teaching materials within this collection have been produced in partnership with the Education Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

 

Ethnographic Video Online, Royal Anthropological Institute Teaching Edition, is ideal for educators of all levels of experience, whether they are looking to enhance their lessons, or create a course from scratch. This collection provides them with the tools they need to make classroom teaching more effective. Produced in partnership with the Education Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute, this syllabi-driven collection contains some of the most popular videos* in anthropology. They have been selected from the Ethnographic Video Online Series to illustrate core concepts at the introductory level. Each lesson is available as a PDF that can be saved or printed. The proposed activities and discussions can be adapted to the needs of students.

*While the teaching guides link to specific clips, users also have access to the full videos!

Ethnographic Video Online: Teaching Guides Include the following sections:

  • Background information: the film’s description, director(s), place, year, and anthropologist(s) are listed.
  • Themes: the main and sub themes are listed, and can be searched or browsed to find related content.
  • Film contents: the themes and lesson purpose of each featured clip.
  • Lesson purpose: clearly defined learning goals.
  • Lesson objectives: what students must, should and could accomplish in the lesson.
  • Cast: a list of key people featured in the clip.
  • Starter activities: to help students begin to think about the topic.
  • Good to know: information to help teachers and students understand terms and concepts in the film.
  • Fact file: further information about the film, topic or group.
  • While watching this clip: short questions or activities for students to complete as they watch.
  • Suggested exercises: activities to help students engage critically with the film and its themes.
  • Suggested discussion:  prompts for classroom-wide or small-group discussion.
  • Comparison: encouragement for students to compare what they have learned through the film with other ethnographic examples, so as to think more broadly about a theme.
  • Summary task: encouragement for students to examine and evaluate arguments relating to the topic.
  • Closing activity:  to crystallize key ideas.
  • Additional resources: introductory texts, advanced texts, and related films, with links.
  • Glossary: key terms, with definitions.


Topics Include:

  • Kinship, Marriage, Family and Reproduction
  • Archaeology
  • Music, Dance and Performance
  • Ritual and Symbolism
  • Economics and Livelihoods
  • Transnationalism and Globalisation
  • and many more...

 

Ethnographic Video Online: Royal Anthropological Institute Teaching Edition is a key component of the Anthropology Resource Library package, along with the following collections: