Tertiary Catalogue

Series: Anthropology: The Four Fields


A New Hominin

A New Hominin

About 1.8 million years ago, a new species of Homo appears in East Africa, a species that will exist longer than any other hominin. This lesson focuses on that new species: Homo erectus, the first hominin to leave Africa. In this lesson, you will...Show More
Applied Anthropology

Applied Anthropology

The video begins with the anthropological definition of applied anthropology; that this field of study refers to the application of method and theory to the analysis and solution of practical problems and that it can be used, or 'applied,' within...Show More
Biology and Evolution

Biology and Evolution

Humans are biological organisms that have a place in the natural world. To understand what it means to be human we need to understand how we became human. The video introduces the topic of biology by looking at an important evolutionary force,...Show More
Characteristics of Culture

Characteristics of Culture

The state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is the backdrop of this film, which explores the nature of culture and how cultures are studied. The Oaxacan society is used to illustrate the basic characteristics of culture: an integrated, dynamic system of...Show More
Communication and Culture

Communication and Culture

This program focuses on the efforts of the Serrano tribe of Native American to revitalise their dying cultural traditions and language. The features and structures of human language in general are discussed, showing some examples from the Serrano...Show More
Economic Systems

Economic Systems

Economic systems are the means by which a society produces, distributes and consumes resources, and are intimately integrated with the other elements of the culture. In this lesson the economic systems of several societies are examined as...Show More
Essence of Anthropology

Essence of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings, but to phrase the definition in these simple terms is to diminish the grand scope of this discipline overall. Anthropology delves deeply into every aspect of humankind from its beginnings millions of...Show More
Food Domestication and the Emergence of Cities

Food Domestication and the Emergence of Cities

This lesson explores how the accelerated rate of cultural change continued to drive human innovation in ways that transformed daily life for everyone. It illustrates the most radical cultural shift in the history of humankind that occurred in...Show More
Global Challenges and Anthropology

Global Challenges and Anthropology

This programme explores the phenomenon of globalisation, its complex forms, and its impact on the cultures of the world, as well as the contributions that anthropology can make toward a better understanding of it. Wal-Mart's operations in China...Show More
Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest and Class

Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest and Class

This programme explores concepts related to non-kin based social groupings by focusing on the culture of the Black Indians of New Orleans. They are a common interest group that celebrates their own art and culture, culminating in their annual...Show More
Homo Sapiens and the Upper Paleolithic

Homo Sapiens and the Upper Paleolithic

This lesson details the technological, artistic, and geographic expansion of the Cro-Magnons, the anatomically modern humans of Europe during the Upper Paleolithic era. The video details some of the major innovations, such as blade technique in...Show More
Kinship and Descent

Kinship and Descent

The video opens with pictures of Chinese immigrants of the 1850s to the 1900s and explains that the immigrants of that time faced enormous challenges when they moved from their country to the United States. They faced discrimination and a sense...Show More
Macroevolution

Macroevolution

Who is related to whom? How do species evolve? What has happened in geological time? This video focuses on macroevolution and the processes that explain it. It begins on location at a paleontological site in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming, where...Show More
Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

The video begins with Helen Mendoza and Pam Privett explaining that families can take many forms today. They are partners in a same-sex marriage, raising children of their own. The episode "Sex and Marriage" explained why some cultures find...Show More
Methods of Paleoanthropology

Methods of Paleoanthropology

Experts at the cutting edge of paleoanthropological research show how it's done. In this video, students are introduced to the ways researchers gather data in order to answer the basic human question: Who are we and where do we come from? The...Show More
Patterns of Adaptation

Patterns of Adaptation

How do humans adapt to environmental challenges? In this video, experts explore this question from many angles. The difference between acclimatisation and adaptation is explained. Nina Jablonski explains skin colour function and adaptations...Show More
Patterns of Variation

Patterns of Variation

Warning: Contains images of deceased people. The video begins with comments on some instances of ethnic genocide that have occurred in the past in the Sudan, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Nazi Germany during World War II, and relates these occurrences to...Show More
Politics, Power and Violence

Politics, Power and Violence

This video explores the anthropological concepts of political organisation and social control as practised cross-culturally. It opens with anthropologists Victoria Bernal and Laura Nader discussing the concepts of political organisation, in terms...Show More
Premodern Humans

Premodern Humans

Around 780,000 years ago a new species of Homo appears, perhaps descended from the hominins that lived in Spain and Italy between 900,000 and 800,000 years ago. This time period, called the Middle Pleistocene, is marked by alternations of...Show More
Processes of Change

Processes of Change

At the beginning of the episode "Communication and Culture", anthropologist Leo Chavez comments that culture 'is always transforming itself, always changing. It is always in the process of becoming something else.' Throughout history, cultures...Show More
Religion and Spirituality

Religion and Spirituality

The programme opens with a general discussion of the anthropological definition of religion contrasted with spirituality. This is followed by a close up view of some of the history, beliefs, and practices of Islam and Tibetan Buddhism, through...Show More
Sex and Marriage

Sex and Marriage

The programme opens with a wedding in Long Bow Village, in China, and effectively shows the diverse nature of weddings from one culture to another emphasising that weddings are rites of passage, full of ritual and symbols that convey and...Show More
Social Identity, Personality and Gender

Social Identity, Personality and Gender

One of the universal questions that people ask is 'Who am I?' The answer is complex and begins with enculturation. Enculturation influences how you think, feel, and behave and it starts at birth. It begins with being given a name. Naming...Show More
Subsistence Systems

Subsistence Systems

Regardless of the language, the geographic location or the culture, the question being asked is the same "What are we going to eat today?" The difference comes in the answer and the response depends upon the subsistence system used by those...Show More
The Arts

The Arts

This video lesson focuses on visual, verbal and musical art forms. Since art is created in response to social. religious, political, economic, and aesthetic stimuli, anthropologists use it as a guide to understanding the values and ideals of...Show More