An Anthropology of Smartphones: Communication, Ageing and Health


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Explore how smartphones have affected our lives by using comparative anthropology as a method of research.

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Discover digital anthropology and the relationship between technology and aging

This course will develop your understanding of the concept of digital anthropology as you explore how smartphones have transformed our daily lives and how they can be used productively.

Learn how smartphones have changed our lives

Through ethnographic research findings, you’ll explore the potential consequences of using a smartphone every day.

You’ll examine the effect of smartphones on human relationships and participation in cultural life, as well as touch upon the current use and future potential of smartphones in the health and medical sector.

Understand the concept of smart aging and the relationship between older people and technology

Smartphones are no longer a youth technology. They play a significant role in intergenerational relations and define aging in the digital era. You’ll learn about the issues older people encounter when using smartphones and how technology has shaped models of aging.

Using the latest research, you’ll find out more about aging in different global contexts and learn how technology is shaping and changing the experience of aging.

Discover the effect of smartphone use through the lens of digital anthropology

The course demonstrates the potential of anthropology as a discipline and will introduce you to the technicalities of using comparative anthropology as a method of research.

It also includes several new anthropological perspectives on the use of the smartphone and its impact on people’s lives.

Explore digital anthropology with UCL’s expert team

UCL is a leading research hub in the area of digital anthropology. You’ll access the latest research and insights from UCL’s expert academics on fascinating anthropological concepts and issues, including digital health and aging.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who are interested in understanding how the use of smartphones has changed our lives, as well as students keen to explore the contribution of anthropology to digital technologies.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, all you will need is the ability to do some digital anthropology, whether that is done on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other device. You do not need any specific software to complete the course.

An Anthropology of Smartphones: Communication, Ageing and Health


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