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This course, The social nature of being human, will introduce you to several of the social aspects of humanity and being human. Some of these are obvious, as, during the course, you will think about crowd behaviour and consider traditional dilemmas of being in crowds.

Others will be less obvious, such as the seemingly intimate and private act of charitable giving to the homeless. Yet the focus of the course will at all points be how the 'social' permeates our day-to-day conduct, and often in ways we are not necessarily aware of it. We are in the presence of others, not just when they clearly chant with us or step on our feet, but, more controversially, even when during our most private dreams, fantasies and other ruminations.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand popular representations of crowds
  • Understand the relationship between identity and crowds
  • Understand examples of the role of power and cultural values as applied to the Israel–Palestine conflict
  • Recognise the ways in which representations are used to attempt to influence public practices of charitable giving.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:05:00
    • Crowds and identity 00:10:00
    • Crowd research: then and now 00:15:00
    • Karma of the crowd: the Magh Mela pilgrimage 00:15:00
    • Test yourself on what you’ve learned so far 00:03:00
    • Magh Mela: some concluding thoughts 00:15:00
    • Groups and politics 00:10:00
    • The Israeli–Palestinian conflict in Britain 00:10:00
    • Engaged publics: the IPO at the BBC Proms 00:15:00
    • Test yourself on what you’ve learned so far 00:02:00
    • The IPO disruption: some concluding thoughts 00:10:00
    • Meaning as social 00:10:00
    • Your experiences of charitable giving 00:10:00
    • Partiality and public perceptions of deservingness 00:10:00
    • Understanding campaigns about homelessness 00:20:00
    • Charitable giving: some concluding thoughts 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00
    • Take the next step 00:05:00

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