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ANTH2625: Culture and Development

The 1949 speech by US president, Harry Truman, declared his country's commitment to the 'development' of the Third World, and began what many consider to be development as an institutional approach to non-Western societies. Anthropology, well established in its study of non-Western societies, was able to offer a rich ethnographic insight into the developing world. Combining ethnographic detail with social science concepts, this unit covers topics such as food crisis, land, environment, cities, fair trade, migration, nation-state, NGOs, poverty and informal economy.

Code ANTH2625
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Anthropology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate the sensitivity of political and economic underpinnings of poverty and the cultural terms in which they are understood and experienced
  • LO2. develop writing skills that combine ethnographic illustration, historical and economic context and social science concepts to make an argument
  • LO3. develop focused research skills that identify appropriate case studies and contexts for an anthropologically styled investigation of development issues
  • LO4. develop knowledge of sources and issues informing the anthropology of development and the ability to recruit these in class discussions and demonstrate their application to real world issues

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