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Effective: Summer 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Social & Behavioral Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will practice cultural relativism and apply understandings of global diversity in a practical and applied form.
  • Students will critically analyze and interpret anthropology data so that it can be used to apply to real-world issues.
  • Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
Description -
Applied anthropology focuses on the use of anthropological theories and perspectives in real-world contexts of practice or problem-solving. Course provides students with tools designed to help understand and solve problems arising as a result of culture change, modernization and globalization. Major areas of study include development anthropology and the use of technology in field settings, anthropology and health care, anthropology and advocacy, such as in social work settings, anthropology and law, organizational and business anthropology, and land and resource management.

Course Objectives -
The successful student will be able to:
  1. Explain basic theoretical and methodological approaches of applied anthropology
  2. Apply theoretical perspectives of the course to selected case studies and readings
  3. Analyze and interpret anthropological documents and reports.
  4. Undertake and apply critical methods of textual and film analysis
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities to class discussions and considerations
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The four fields of Anthropology
    1. Physical Anthropology
    2. Archaeology
    3. Linguistic Anthropology
    4. Sociocultural Anthropology
  2. Applied Anthropology as the fifth field
    1. Expand on applications to four fields
  3. Theory and Method in Applied Anthropology
    1. General theoretical approaches and the methods for each
      1. Research paradigms: Positivism, Interpretative approaches, critical anthropology, ecological anthropology, network approaches
      2. Praxis: joining research with theory, policy and practice
    2. Designing a research project
    3. Quantitative approaches, controlled comparisons
  4. Principles of Applied Anthropology
  5. History of Applied Anthropology
  6. Ethics of Applied Anthropology
    1. The rights and obligations of anthropologists toward their subjects and clients
    2. Protection of human subjects
    3. In whose interest is the anthropology?
      1. Public versus private concerns
      2. Federal and military interests: The Human Terrain Systems Controversy
      3. Anthropologists in WW II and against the Vietnam War
      4. Making a career in government service
  7. Development Anthropology
    1. Concepts of sustainability
    2. NGOs
    3. Post-colonial dynamics
  8. Controversies surrounding development anthropology
    1. The Anthropology Development Critique of Development Anthropology
    2. Social organization at the community level
    3. Participatory Research Procedures: Finding stakeholders
  9. Women in Development
    1. Women's Groups
    2. Cross-cultural variability
  10. Advocacy Anthropology
    1. Anthropology and natural resource management
    2. Social impact assessments
  11. Cultural Advocacy
    1. Endangered cultures
    2. Public and Applied Archaeology
    3. Heritage Conservation, UNESCO and other Institutional Conservation Entities
    4. Archaeological Ethnographies and Collaborative Approaches
    5. Museum Studies and Museologists
    6. Decolonizing Archaeology and Museology
  12. Community Advocacy
    1. Urban anthropology
    2. Law enforcement
  13. Anthropology in the Service Setting
    1. Participatory Research Procedures
    2. Rapid Assessment Procedures
  14. Social Work Contexts and Policy
  15. Legal Anthropology: Applications of cross-cultural knowledge
    1. Immigrants, labor laws, health and crime
    2. Refugees and Resettlement
    3. Gender and education among Hispanic immigrants
  16. Business and Organizational Anthropology
    1. Intercultural training
    2. Business Strategy and anthropology and methods
    3. International Business
  17. The Growth of Organizational Anthropology
    1. Corporate anthropology
  18. Social Marketing Applications
    1. Parallels to Cultural Anthropology
  19. Applied Medical Anthropology
    1. Core concepts in Medical Anthropology
    2. Biomedical and ethnomedical perspectives
    3. Clinical medical anthropology, health policy planning and education
      1. HIV/Aids in Africa
      2. Doctor-patient aids and cross-cultural differences
      3. Preventative health care
  20. Careers in Applied Anthropology
    1. Forensics
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Library research analysis
  2. Group presentations
  3. Field work and field notes
  4. Research paper
  5. Oral Presentations
  6. Exams
Representative Text(s) -
Gwynee, Margaret. Applied Anthropology: A Career Oriented Approach. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2003.
Ferraro, Gary. Cultural Anthropology: An Applied Perspective. Seventh Edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2007.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Community service, Field trips.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Three hour applied ethnographic analysis of a location or group in the south bay region. For example, a study may include the Mountain View Dayworker Center and a reflection and assessment of issues facing undocumented laborers in the South Bay.
  2. Roundtable discussions and presentations about nature of applied anthropological issues.
  3. Midterm and Final Exams.
  4. Journals submitted that cover the job shadowing experiences.