Anthropology 474: Anthropology as Public Engagement
This course is an upper level exploration of innovative ways in which anthropology is used for proactive, public engagement in global, national, institutional and local information networks, program planning, policy implementation and transformative social action. Students are asked to examine past, present and envision future engagements in various social fields spanning several disciplines, including economic development, environmental protection, labor relations, education, tourism, health care, human rights, gender equity, indigenous rights, state polity and law, non-governmental organizations, popular media and social movements.
Students choose a project and topic that culminates in a class presentation at the end of the semester. Student must clarify why the topic is important, who cares about it and how the project demonstrates public engagement. The final project varies by student and in the past have included:
- Portfolio of products
- Development of a website
- Policy documents
- Op ed pieces
- Public presentations
- Radio shows
- Literary essays
- Public performance piece
This is one of the best Anthro courses I”ve taken at Colby – I loved applying my major in a way that kept me engaged with the Colby community/tied into my personal interests.
This course truly confirmed my interest in anthropology as a useful, relevant, and modern discipline.
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