- Code ANTH2009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Economic History, Asia Pacific Studies
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This course examines mainstream and alternative concepts of development by focusing on development issues and case studies located in so-called Third World countries. It examines the historical background to development ideas and practices, and the cultural presuppositions and assumptions on which they are consequently based, as well as the ways in which they impact on different cultures throughout the world. Of particular interest will be alternative concepts of development, such as people-centred development, gender and development, equity in development, local knowledge and values, sustainable development, and participation and empowerment in development.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate development programs and projects in terms of their social and cultural impact.
- Apply anthropological concepts and theories to an understanding of planned social change.
- Critically examine key ethnographic writing in terms of its theoretical and methodological approach.
- Present and engage in group discussion about development.
- Devise strategies for successful development outcomes.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]
2-4 (dependent on class size) in-class presentations, 10 minutes each (equally weighted, total 20%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
Ethnographic essay, 2500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3]
Concept essay, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
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Workload130 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
Preliminary ReadingJean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan 2005 Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary Social Change. London: Zed Books
David Mosse 2013 The anthropology of international development Annual Review of Anthropology 42: 227-246
Emma Crewe and Richard Axelby 2013 Anthropology and Development
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