Ethics and Anthropological Practices


The aim of this course is to develop familiarity with Applied Anthrop. through the presentation of selected paradigmatic cases.These will illustrate
different domains and strategies carried out by social anthropologists in the approach of problems of contemporary world and on the basis of
which ethical issues can be discussed.The student will be able to:
1) Identify diferent strategies followed by practicing anthropologists,as well as the méthods and techniques subjacent;
2) Demonstrate preparation for a lively seminar discussion, by reading carefully, responding in writing and applying what you read to new
3) Analyse concrete problems of contemporary world,by examining eventual solutions based on the perspective of subjects under study, and
being aware of its ethcial issues;
4) Identify relevant research topics and share the fruits of the work in a professional presentation;
5) Produce a research essay based on a criticical review of an AA topic, with an original insigh

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Bibliografia Recomendada:
Bastide, Roger (1973) Applied Anthropology, New York: Harper Torchbacks.
Chambers, Erve (1989) Applied Anthropology. A practical Guide, Illinois: Waveland Press.
Ervin, Alexander 2005 [2000] Applied Anthropology. Tools and Perspectives for Contemporary Practice. Boston, New York, San Francisco:
Kedia, Satish e van Willigen, John (2005) Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application, Westport, Praeger.
Van Willigen, John (1993) Applied Anthropology: An Introduction (rev. edition), Londres: Bergin & Garvey.
* Referências bibliográficas complementares são sugeridas ao longo das aulas.
* Additionnal references are supplied throughout the semester.

Teaching method

(1) Introductory lectures to review the major conceptual points of each new topic;
(2) Seminar sessions where students participate with oral presentations and discussion of the topics scheduled for each session.
(3) Mentoring undergraduates in writing the final paper project.
(4) Collaborative organization of a Final Colloquium (students working in small grroups, supervised by the teacher), where each student will
present a paper about an applied project / topic or author.

Evaluation method

- (20%) Oral presentation and analysis of texts proposed for debate (written abstract and outline for the session scheduled - 1 page A4);
- (20%) Quiz at the end of each module);
- (50%) Written essay about one topic related with Applied Anthropology, based on specialized bibliographic research (15pp);
- (10%) Oral presentatition (15´) to deliver at the Final Colloquium

Subject matter

I. Introduction - delopment of Applied Anthropology
- Anthropology and Anthropological Practice – definitions and key concepts
- Applied Anthropology and Anthropological Theory – what kind of relationships?
- Brief history of the institucionalization of Applied Anthropology (focus in USA).
II. Anthropology and Policy
- Anthropology and Development Research
- From Needs Assessment to Program Evaluation
- Social Impact Studies
- Social Marketing
III. Anthropology and Human Rights
- Advocacy Anthropology
- Cultural Broker (limitations and controversial issues)
- Participatory Action Research
- Ethics in Applied Research and Practice
IV. Methods for Applied Research
- Rapid Assessment Procedures (research timing versus time for the research)
- Participant Observation and interaction with Key-Informants
- Focus-groups and other Group-Interviewing Techniques


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