From the inception of the discipline, anthropologists have applied their ethnographic and theoretical knowledge to policy issues. Its purpose is the alleviation of practical human problems in situations of rapid social change such as resettlement, economic/political development, and health crises. Applied anthropology operates at any level of decision-making from families to businesses to government and international organizations (NGO's), e.g. World Health Organization, UN, World Bank, and USAID. Taking a problem-solving approach, applied anthropology's goal is to modify human behavior by affecting policy decisions at any level of society but usually a government level. This approach has not only benefited peoples in need but it has also enriched the discipline, providing anthropologists with the opportunity to develop and test new theories and methodologies. The class will examine the connection between anthropology and policy, theory and practice (or 'Epraxis'), research and application. We will study these connections by reading about historical and current projects. As an ABCs course, students will also volunteer in an organization of their choice in the Philadelphia area, conduct anthropological research on the organization, and suggest ways that the anthropological approach might support the efforts of the organization.
Section 301 - LEC
Section 401 - LEC
POWELL, TIMOTHY B.
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 392
Department of Anthropology
Museum, Room 325, 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-7461 Fax: (215) 898-7462