UCL Anthropology hosts summer school
4 July 2013
Last month the UCL Anthropology opened its doors and store cupboards to 16 students from the UCL Academy for a two-day summer school.
Held over the 15th and 16th June, through interactive workshops and participatory engagement, the summer school introduced students to the study of humans, past and present, in all its aspects.
Dr Joanna Cook (UCL Anthropology), said: “The feedback from participants was unremittingly positive: all students relished the two-day experience and felt that the summer school gave them knowledge and experience which would be useful for their studies.
“For some, being introduced to new concepts was the most exciting aspect of the workshops, while for others understanding social issues in cross-cultural perspective was a key highlight. For many, the opportunity to visit the university and engage with staff and postgraduate students gave them a valuable insight into university life.”
One of the largest anthropology departments in the country, staff at UCL Anthropology are engaged in pioneering research at the cutting-edge of four aspects of modern anthropology: Social Anthropology, the comparative study of societies and social change; Biological Anthropology, the study of the evolution and ecology of humans and other primates; Material Culture, the study of how people make, exchange and consume the material world; and Medical Anthropology, the study of how culture influences the experience of illness and the practice of medicine.
Imani McKoy, a year 12 student from UCL Academy, said: “Over the two days I was lucky enough to be introduced to four significant aspects of anthropology covered on a global scale, but even now I am barely scratching the surface of what anthropology actually is."
“For the anthropologists the summer school was equally fun and we look forward to welcoming students back again next year,” added Dr Cook.