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Welcome to Forethought India One-on-One Courses. Our program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen profession. Our instructor for this course is Lecturer Joseph Vitriol from Harvard University


Political Anthropology: Power, Conflict, and Cooperation in Societies is a course that explores the ways in which power, conflict, and cooperation are manifested in different societies. Political anthropologists examine the range of political systems and institutions that exist around the world, as well as the diverse ways in which people participate in political processes. They also study the relationship between political systems and other aspects of social life, such as kinship, economics, and religion.

This course will provide students with a broad overview of political anthropology, with a focus on the following topics:

  • The nature of power and authority
  • The different types of political systems
  • The causes and consequences of conflict
  • The role of kinship and other social networks in politics
  • The relationship between economic systems and politics
  • The impact of globalization on political systems and processes
  • The role of human rights in political anthropology

In addition to these general topics, the course will also explore specific case studies of political anthropology from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the diverse ways in which people organize their political lives, and to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that they face.

By the end of this course, students will have developed a deep understanding of the complex relationship between power, conflict, and cooperation in societies. They will be able to apply anthropological theories and methods to the study of political systems and processes, and to critically evaluate the ways in which politics is represented in the media and in popular culture.

This course is open to students from all backgrounds, regardless of their prior knowledge of anthropology or politics. It is a valuable course for anyone who is interested in learning more about how power works in societies, and how people can work together to create a more just and equitable world.


At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate & performance letter by the eductor indicating that they have completed the program and acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen profession.

Political Anthropology: by Joseph Vitriol

  • Joe Vitriol is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior in the Business School at Lehigh University. He is also a lecturer in the Extension School at Harvard University. Dr. Vitriol was formerly a Senior Researcher in the Political Science Department at Stony Brook University, College Fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Lehigh University. He holds a PhD in Social-Personality and Political Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    Dr. Vitriol studies the causes, consequences, and solutions to bias in judgment and behavior in applied contexts, including political, legal, and organizational settings. His current research interests include:

    (a) Personality, social cognition, and attitudes
    (b) Psychology of bias and prejudice-regulation
    (c) Science communication and anti-bias education
    (d) Organizational behavior and leadership
    (e) Political psychology, cognition, and behavior
    (f) Fake news, conspiracy theories, and ideological extremism
    (g) Eyewitness evidence, policing, and legal decision-making

    Dr Vitriol is an award winning scientist and educator who has taught courses on these topics (and more) at Harvard University, Stony Brook University, Lehigh University, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    Dr. Vitriol also has extensive experience as (1) media expert on misinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories, (2) a scientific expert on implicit bias and anti-prejudice interventions, (3) an expert witness on sources of error and unreliability in eyewitness memory, (4) a consultant for law enforcement and government agencies on a range of topics within the social and behavioral sciences, (5) a strategist for political communication and (6) a litigation consultant on psychological issues in the courtroom.

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