• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Caroline Schuster
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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The ANU is a portal into the wider world—as societies become ever more interconnected, it is vital understand the complex cultural dynamics that grip our lives at home and around the globe. Anthropology offers a set of methodological tools and theoretically informed questions to understand how culture is represented and made meaningful in the world today. This course on applied anthropology will explore those methods. In short, we ask what it means to be an ethnographer beyond the lecture halls of the university? What does ethnography have to offer non-profits, advocacy groups, government agencies, design teams and corporations? How to be an applied anthropologist? This course is a practicum that will offer students the opportunity to answer these questions through hands-on projects. Over the course of the semester we will survey and apply a broad range of anthropological methods. This course is structured as a practicum, emphasizing learning by doing. Each student will follow one project for the whole semester. Tutorial will involve sharing, debating, and brainstorming applied anthropology in real world contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the history and significance of ethnography within anthropological research methods.
  2. Define an object of study and formulate research questions related to an applied hands-on internship over the course of the semester.
  3. Design and apply anthropological research methods related to a specific site or social context.
  4. Identify communities of engagement, evaluate findings and explain them to the community.

Indicative Assessment

Participation, 10% [LO1]

Project log, 15% (weekly writing, 200 words per week), [LO 2,3]

Midterm quiz, 15% [LO1]

Applied projects, 40% (4, 10% each, 500 words each) [LO 2,3,4]

Write up and dissemination of applied projects, 1,000 words [LO 3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of Anthropology (ANTH), Archaeology (ARCH) or Biological Anthropology (BIAN) courses, or permission of the convenor. Incompatible with ANTH6068

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be indicated on the Wattle course site.

Preliminary Reading

  • Besteman, Catherine. "Three reflections on public anthropology (Respond to this article at https://www.therai.org.uk/at/debate/ )." Anthropology Today 29.6 (2013): 3-6.
  • Rylko-Bauer, Barbara, Merrill Singer, and John van Willigen. "Reclaiming applied anthropology: Its past, present, and future." American Anthropologist 108.1 (2006): 178-190.

Readings for the course will include selected book chapters and articles from methodology handbooks, anthropological research articles, journalism, and guides to fieldwork. For example:

  • Woods, Graeme. “Anthropology Inc.,” The Atlantic Magazine, 03/2013, online at http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/03/anthropology-inc/309218/
  • Dunnier, Mitchell. “Race and Peeing on Sixth Avenue,” in Twine, France Winddance, and Jonathan W. Warren, eds. Racing research, researching race: Methodological dilemmas in critical race studies. NYU Press, 2000. Pp.215-226
  • Minkler, Meredith. "Community-based research partnerships: challenges and opportunities." Journal of Urban Health 82 (2005): ii3-ii12
  • Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion blog housed at University of California Irvine: http://blog.imtfi.uci.edu/
  • Lutz, Catherine, and Jane Collins. "The photograph as an intersection of gazes: The example of National Geographic." Visual Anthropology Review 7.1 (1991): 134-149.
  • Stoller, Paul. 1989. The Taste of Ethnographic Things: The Senses in Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Chapter 1 “The Taste of Ethnographic Things” (co-authored with Cheryl Olkes) Pp. 15-34.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended introductory course ANTH1002


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2021 $3180
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2021 $4890
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5729 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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