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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
001CB
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2014

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. Prerequisite: COMM-434 or COMM-634, and permission of department. Meets with COMM-528 001CB.

ANTH-544
002
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2014

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
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Anthropology (3)

Anthropology of Tourism

Tourism is an exciting area of study providing an opportunity to discuss this growing global industry as a complex cultural phenomenon. The course considers the impact of tourism on the natural and social environment and examines the costs and benefits to host communities in a variety of locations. Specific topics include basic theoretical concepts that frame travel and tourism studies, the economics and politics of tourism, the marketing of identity and authenticity, sex tourism, ecotourism, and study abroad programs. The course includes lectures, films, and follow-up on current events or disasters that have an impact on tourism. Activities outside the classroom include options for visits to local tourist destinations.

ANTH-544
002CB
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Anthropology (3)

Documentary Storytelling for Change

Teams of anthropology and communication students produce media projects of direct use to non-profit, community, labor, and social justice organizations. Projects capture the narratives of under-represented people in their own words, using cameras and other digital media, to address pressing issues of health, labor, sexuality, the environment, housing, education, and hunger. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.