Teaching Resources

The following resources may be useful for teachers of pre-university anthropology (A-Level Anthropology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology in Community Colleges and extra-curricular activities). 

 

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Educational events and teacher support sessions:

Emma Ford (RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) organises RAI anthropology teacher support events and anthropology events for students. To find out more please email Emma Ford the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the teachers' network. 

 

Free online course and resources about the Anthropology of Social Media: 

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Check out the "Why we post" website which is full of resources

 

Classroom Resources:

Resourcd Anthropology Exchange: a place for teachers to share their own anthropology teaching resources.  You can also download resources from RAI Teacher Support sessions, resources from events organised by the RAI and resources from University open days on anthropological topics.  To upload your own resources go here: http://www.resourcd.com/@anthropologyexchange/file/share .  You will need to register on the site but this is free and very quick to do.

TES: other anthropology teaching resources uploaded by teachers to the Times Educational Supplement website

Other lesson plans and classroom activities: 

Resources to help stimulate student interest in anthropology

Recommended text books:

Textbooks & readers developed by members of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Education Committee.

Introducing Anthropology by Laura Pountney and Tomislav Maric - a new textbook specifically designed for pre-university classroom teaching and based around the Anthropology A Level syllabus

Also, take a look at the resources on the London Anthropology Day website for more introductory texts.

Recommended ethnographies:

Throughout this website there are suggested ethnographies and other publications which have been listed under their appropriate topic. For a list of recommended ethnographies which are accessible to students beginning their exploration of anthropology visit our ethnography page and this list of ethnographies.

AIO Anthropological index online

Search the AIO Anthropological index online for anthropology journal articles. The Anthropological Index Online (AIO) is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) in cooperation with Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum. It is an index to articles in journals taken by the Library and to films held at the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Library, which incorporates the former RAI library, holds some 4,000 periodical titles (1,500 current) covering all branches and areas of anthropology. Nearly 800 journals, published in more than 40 languages, are indexed on a continuing basis. Records cover 1957 to the present. See the "50 years of anthropology" report to learn more about the AIO.

Become a fellow of the RAI to receive printed copies of JRAI and Anthropology Today and online access to many other journals:

If you become a fellow of the RAI, amongst other benefits you will receive the RAI's academic publications JRAI and also Anthropology Today which offer articles on anthropology in the news, anthropological research and current debates in the discipline. 

Useful links:

University of Alabama - Anthropological theories (a guide for students)

Alan McFarlane website: an extensive collection of material including video interviews with famous anthropologists, lectures and articles by Alan McFarlane on many different anthropological topics

The American Anthropological Association has compiled an extensive list of web links for major specialist areas in anthropology, as well as geographical regions and related subjects.

Social Science for Schools is a website from the Economic and Social Research Council which brings social science research into the classroom

Internet resources for teaching and learning anthropology http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/xiaoyu/majorweb.html (Anthropology in the USA).

Visiting Museums and Libraries: 

  • Discover Anthropology has an extensive list of museums and libraries throughout the UK which contain anthropological material. Visit our museums and libraries page to find a center near you.
  • The Center for Anthropology at the British Museum hosts one of the most extensive collections of books, journals, and other printed material related to anthropology. 

Using Ethnographic Films: 

The RAI has one of the most extensive ethnographic film libraries in Europe. Films are available for sale or for hire from the RAI's Film Officer, Caterina Sartori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information visit: www.therai.org.uk/film

Discover Anthropology has a quick reference guide to some of the films which are included in the RAI's ethnographic film library. Take a look at the following PDFs for films on: 

Anthropology of Art

Anthropology of Childhood

Ecological Anthropology

Anthropology of Development 

Anthropology of Gender

Medical Anthropology

Anthropology of Performing Arts

Political Anthropology

Anthropology of Religion

Visual Anthropology  

Other Resources:

Information, books and resources on Social and Cultural Anthropology and Biological Anthropology

Anthropology in the News

Anthropology on the Radio

Information & Photographs on Fieldwork 

Key Terms in Anthropology

Anthropological Events and Activities

Survival International leaflets about indigenous groups: Siberia to Sarawak , Disinhertied , Serious Damage , Parks need Peoples

 Disclaimer: The RAI accepts no responsibility for material created by external parties or the content of external websites. The above resources are listed for information only; inclusion implies no endorsement or otherwise on the RAI’s part.