Laboratory of Applied Anthropology


Course Learning Goals:
1.To familiarize the student with the main contexts of Applied Anthropology;
2.To analize applied projects in different domains of application;
3.To develop critical thinking on the ethical issues of Applied Antropology projects;
Learning goals and learning outcomes.The students will be able to:
1A Distinguish models and problems of AA vs Theorectical Anthropology;
1B Articulate the main domains of AA with the historic evolution of the discipline;
1C Recognize the interdisciplinary scope of AA;
2A Locate and critically evaluate information on applied projects on the Web;
2B Identify the main roles and strategies on the analysed applied projects;
2C Summarize information analyzed in oral and writen format, following scientific standards;
3A Describe the major ethical issues one must consider when adressing applied projects;
3B Critically review solutions for ethical dilemmas faced by other anthropologists;
3C Demonstrate skills for conducting teamwork

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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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SILLITOE, Paul, 2007, «Anthropologists only need apply: challenges of applied anthropology», The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 13, Number 1, pp. 147-165(19).
HILL, Carole e BABA, 2006, Marietta editors, The Globalization of Anthropology, NAPA Bulletin 25, Berkeley, University of California Press.
ERVIN, Alexander, 2005 [2000], Applied Anthropology. Tools and Perspectives for Contemporary Practice. Boston, New York, San Francisco: Pearson.
GOLDMAN, Laurence (ed.), 2000, Social Impact Analysis. An Applied Anthropology Manual. Oxford, New York: Berg.
KEDIA, S. e VAN WILLIGEN, J. (eds) Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application. Westport, CT: Praeger.
VAN WILLIGEN, John, 1993, Applied Anthropology: An Introduction (rev. edition), London: Bergin & Garvey.
WILEY, Andrea & ALLEN, John, 2013 Medical Anthropology. A biocultural Approach. NY, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Nota: O syllabus inclui sugestões detalhadas de leitura para cada sessão do seminário

Teaching method

i) Introductory lectures exposing the concepts that frame the topic approached in each session;
ii) Seminar sessions where students participate with oral presentations and discussion of the topics scheduled for each session;
iii) Video/documentary screening followed by discussion;
iv) Workshops with invited speakers;
v) Individual mentoring for the elaboration of the written essay;
vi) Collaborative organization of a final colloquium (with lecturer supervision) where each student will present a paper about an applied project / topic or author.

Evaluation method

- (15%+15%) Oral presentation and analysis of two texts proposed for debate in different seminar sessions);
- (10%) construction of an interview outline to conduct in the seminar sessions with invited speakers (teamwork);
- (60%) Written essay about one topic related with Applied Anthropology, based on bibliographic research (15pp).
Preparation and delivery of one talk (15 to 20mn, followed by discussion) at the Final Workshop.

Subject matter

I. Introductory Module
- Professionalization of Anthropology in different national traditions
- Applied Anthropology vs Theoretical Anthropology
- Domains of applications and main roles of applied anthropologists
- Overview of major contemporary thematic contexts of application for practicing anthropologists
II Anthropology and Policy
- Action Anthropology and Advocacy Anthropology
- Social Impact Analysis and Project Evaluation
- Social Marketing
* Discussion of Case-Studies (part I)
III AA – Domains of application
- Anthropology and Development
- Medical Anthropology
- Urban and Rural Planning
* Discussion of Case-Studies (part II)
IV Ethical Issues in Applied Research
- Relations with clients, sponsors and communities
- Informed consent and applied fieldwork
- Discussion of real cases, based on ethical dilemmas faced by anthropologists during their research projects.


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