Practicing Anthropology: Ethics, Theory, and Engagement

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Practicing Anthropology: Ethics, Theory, and Engagement


Daina Stanley

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McMaster University

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Fall 2017

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Through experiential learning techniques and engagement with written course materials, you will learn how to use anthropological methodologies to investigate social problems, and to consider how anthropological theories and methods can be applied to social problems to positively impact society. You will be placed with local community partners in Hamilton who have identified a discrete problem they would like assistance researching. In consultation with your community supervisor, placement group, instructor and classmates, your project for this semester is to develop an applied research project that yields concrete and implementable suggestions for your community partner’s organization. While exploring a community-based research project guided by the partner organization, you are also asked to consider a specific topic of your own individual interest, which may relate to (among other possibilities) aging, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, mental health, family and community networks and volunteer organizations, and legal and policy frameworks that shape health and well-being.

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The course description above is from the Fall 2017 course outline, which is available in PDF form on the course listing at the URL provided. Please contact the instructor for further information.


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