Instructor: Prof. Rose-Marie Chierici
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:30, Wednesday 3:00 - 4::00
This course explores the ways in which anthropological knowledge, theories, and methods can be applied to the
• understanding and solution of contemporary social problems;
• formulation and application of social policy;
• design and implementation of community development programs in Western and non-Western countries;
• delivery of health care;
• formulation and application of new technologies;
• preservation and management of cultural resources.
We will examine the role of practicing anthropologists in a variety of technical, management, and advocacy roles and review concepts and methods of applied anthropology through project descriptions, case studies and theoretical articles.
A significant portion of the course will be devoted to a field project. Students will do a Practicum in a community agency or organization using a Service-Learning model. The Practicum is an opportunity to do hands-on anthropology and develop research skills: design a research project, use anthropological research methods, collect and analyze data, and write up findings.
Public anthropology emphasizes the anthropologist’s role as an engaged
intellectual, as someone who actively addresses central issues of our time. It
continues anthropology’s commitment to being an ethnographic witness, to
describing, in human terms, how life is lived beyond the borders of many
readers’ experiences. But it also affirms a commitment to reframing the terms
of public debate - transforming received, accepted understandings of social
issues with new insights, new framings. Public anthropology involves an
active citizenship that, in striving for social justice, empowers others and
transforms political structures.
Rob Borofsky, Hawaii Pacific
• Students will demonstrate knowledge of the empirical and theoretical aspects of applied anthropology by taking a midterm and final exams.
• Students will demonstrate the ability to collect, describe, and analyze ethnographic data by taking part in a research project.
• Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate their findings and defend their analysis in each group project.
• Students will demonstrate their understanding of the empirical and theoretical issues involved in applied anthropology through the development of a research paper.
Final grades will be computed in the following way: weekly logs (50%), a final report/project presentation (50%). The presentation is a formal project report. It should contain a synopsis and analysis of your research project and any final recommendations or products your group prepared. Presentations can be in PowerPoint format accompanied by a written synopsis and overview of the final report which represents a significant portion of your final grade. All projects have to be approved.
Logs: The purpose of the log is to document the learning experience. In the logs, you will comment on the readings; keep tract of what goes on at your field site; what you are learning about your site and the problem you are to address; reflect on methodological problems and research strategies; link what goes on in the field to theoretical and larger social issues as well as your own feelings and reflections. Logs will be turned in every other week-during our class time.
Margaret A. Gwynne. Applied Anthropology (AA). Allyn & Bacon, 2003.
James H. McDonald. The Applied Anthropology Reader (AAR). Allyn & Bacon, 2002.
http://cme.nci.nih.gov Human Subjects’ application
Collaborative Research: A Practical Guide to Participatory Action Research (PAR) for Communities and Scholars. www.fieldmuseum.org/par
Global Antipoverty Summit, Thomonde, Haiti (eRes)
Additional readings can be found on eRes (password is chierici).
I will also have other resources from my own files that are available to you.
There are several good internet sites; I particularly suggest that you visit the Society for Applied Anthropology and Public Anthropology ones.
GUEST SPEAKER – Marianne Timmons, Date TBA
Jan. 17 Introduction
What is Applied Anthropology?
Jan. 24 Reading: Applied Anthropology (AA), chapters 1 and 2
Applied Anthropology Reader (AAR), chapters 1 and 2, and pp. 24-39.
Tom Matthews and Kay Fly will talk about Service Learning Practicum and project options.
Jan 31 Methods
Reading: AAR, chapter 4
Collaborative Research: A Practical Guide to Participatory Research www.fieldmuseum.org/par. Read carefully and print the insert on the last page; it will serve as our guide this semester.
You should be starting your Practicum.
Feb 7 Excell and Microsoft Access Tutorial.
Come to my office and look at some issues of Practicing Anthropology or Human Organization and select an article to discuss in class. Select articles that address Development Anthropology.
Starting next week we will try to meet from 5:00-6:15 to give you time to work on your projects. Weekly class meetings will focus on discussions of research projects and methodological questions. We will discuss project design, data collection, schedules, etc. Each week we will highlight a different application or domain of applied anthropology.
Feb 14 Discussion of the first three articles
Reading: AA, chapter 5
Feb. 21 Reading AAR, chapter 5
Feb 28 Reading AA, chapter 6
You need to apply for the Human Subjects Clearance by next Wednesday (see website address on p 2 of syllabus)
Mar 7 Reading AA, chapter 4
Nolan, “If you are not sure who you are…” (eRes)
Bring a copy of your Human Subjects Clearance certificate.
Mar 14 Spring break
Mar 21 Reading AAR, Reading 17 and 19
Discussion of three more articles from Practicing Anthropology and Human Organization. These articles should address Medical Anthropology.
Mar 28 I am away that day but you will use class time to work on your projects.
Apr. 4 Reading Global Antipoverty Summit Report (eRes)
AA, chapter 7
Discussion of three articles that address Anti-Poverty programs, Advocacy, Social Work.
Apr. 11 Reading: AA, chapter 9 and AAR, Readings 32 and 34
Apr. 18 Reading, AA, chapters 11 and 12.
Three more articles that address Applied Medical Anthropology or International Health
Apr. 25 Review of the semester
Papers are due today
Preparation for Presentations
Monday May 7
Final exam period: Project presentations