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ANTH 409A Topics in Applied Anthropology - TPS APPLIED ANTH

Advanced study of the theory and practice of applied, action, and consultancy anthropology. Topics may include the application of anthropology to questions of aboriginal rights and title, education, medicine, development, women and development, tourism, and other social issues.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


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ANTH 409A 001Lecture1 Tue Thu15:3017:00

What does it mean to practice an anthropology that joins in with social and political projects envisioned by and with others? This course involves a critical examination of many forms of applied scholarship with special attention to possibilities for change as they are imagined by different publics. Important here is the recognition of local knowledge holders and diverse modes of knowledge production outside of the academy. We will explore various roles: as researchers and /or witnesses, cultural translators, advocates, activists and / or experts. Through readings and lectures, students will become familiar with questions of power that arise from disciplinary histories of interventionist research and with the development of ethical praxis. Working with others and individually, students and ~

will: analyze and present on the complexities of a single applied project; explore the multiple roles and responsibilities involved in various aspects of applied research; keep a professional journal about their experience working with a community organization.


** This course includes student collaboration with a community organization. Throughout the semester, students will develop skills and gain a sense of the possibilities and challenges that arise from transformative work in various sites and situations.