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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-544
Topics in Public Anthropology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. The application of anthropological method and theory to solving problems in contemporary society. Rotating topics include anthropology of education, health, culture and illness, public archaeology, media activisim, and anthropology of human rights.

ANTH-544
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Anthropology (3)

Practicing Anthropology

The course offers an in-depth look at contemporary and collaborative anthropology by examining the experiences of practicing anthropologists in non-academic settings. Topics include professional preparation, theory and methods for doing anthropology, ethics, teamwork, and job hunting. Contributions of anthropology are considered in health, education, industry, international development, environment and climate change, humanitarian assistance, the arts and media, and public policy. Readings, film, and discussions provide the basis for an interactive examination of issues of activism and advocacy. As an exceptional learning opportunity, students are encouraged to participate in events offered by the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), a Local Practitioner Organization (LPO).

ANTH-544
002CB
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Anthropology (3)

Community Documentary: Stories of Transformation

Using new media tools, students learn the methods and production of a four-minute autobiographical digital story, first by creating their own and then assisting community members. These first-person video narratives can be used in public meetings, on websites, etc. to build and mobilize communities, and empower the storytellers themselves. Meets with COMM-528 001CB. Prerequisite: COMM-434 or COMM-634, and permission of department.