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On-line Studies: Cultural Anthropology & Diversity Skills for Professionals Commences in January

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Make your new year resolution a reality in 2012 and join students from all over the world on an exciting programme that can change your life.

We are currently taking applications for the Cultural Anthropology &Diversity Skills for Professionals programme through online/distance learning commencing in January.
Anthropology provides an essential background for the appreciation of other cultures. In this innovative programme on-line/ distance programme students will emerge with skills to facilitate programmes in anti-racism and reducing prejudice but also to recognize your own personal biases and stereotypes.

The programme is designed for those who already have a background in social science (Diploma in Social Studies or level 7 Bachelor�۪s Degree in social science) and particularly relevant to professionals whose professions include working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The cost of the course is 720 euros.

Previous students with a Diploma in Social Studies (Hons) will be able to participate for a special alumni fee of Euro 450.00

Students must have completed the programme in Social Studies with a minimum of a Third Class Honours Award in order to be eligible for participation.
You are about to take an amazing journey and you will venture through provocative and inspiring ideas. The programme is probably best summed up by a quotation from Jean Henri Fabre (1823-1915), a self-educated French entomologist (the study of insects) when he wrote; ���To measure the importance of things by one�۪s own turnip patch is not a good method�۝.

In this programme you will be introduced to diverse cultural behaviours and travelling beyond our turnip patches to the world of Trobriand Islanders of Melanesia, the Yanomam̦ of the Brazilian Amazon; the Dobe Ju/'hoansi or !Kung Bushmen of Botswana and Namibia and other indigenous peoples. You will also glean an impression for how the cultural anthropologist works and experiences field work and marvel over the ingenuity of humankind.

For the new comer to Cultural Anthropology we hope it will be the beginning of a new interest and career. Today�۪s anthropologists do not just work in exotic areas, they work in pracrtically every setting and environment imaginable. They can be found in large cooperation, museums, diversity training, educational institutions, media, film and non profits organisations. They work in disaster areas such as the Pacific Coast of Tohuku, the aftermath of hurricane Katrina or the 2011 Norway attacks.

For the professional, therapist and those in leadership roles working in a multicultural setting the programme will provide a useful lens with which to view behaviour. We are all affected by our cultural backgrounds, prejudices and experiences and the programme will provide a useful model for equality, compassion, open dialogue and understanding. The programme will provide an opportunity for personalised learning without restrictions from an over-prescriptive curriculum or assessment.

The programme is based on reflective learning and involves contemplation and development of self. For this reason you will be required to keep a portfolio to comment on your experiences of learning and to detail areas that challenge your values, views or beliefs.
To take online courses you need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection and an email account. A broadband Internet connection is preferred.
Student who do not have access may participate in the programme as printed material will be available but the enjoyment of the programme will be limited by the absence of audio lectures and visual material.
The following are the requirements for admission:
�ۢ An Undergraduate degree (level 7) or Dip Social Studies (Hons) or equivalent,an excellent academic record; and a commitment to working for a positive social change and cultural understanding.
�ۢ Fluency in English, both written and spoken.