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ANT 307 International Development and Culture Change


Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of socio-cultural theories of international development and culture change.  The course examines the cultural construction of “development” as a product of the colonial era, the Cold War, and the current focus on what has been called a neoliberal global economy.  The goals of the course are: 1) to provide students with a comprehensive study of the strengths and limitations of contemporary development theories and method in anthropology and sociology, and 2) to apply these theories and methods to such topics as conservation and the environment; the preservation of indigenous peoples’ ways of life; tourism and its effects in a global world; gender and development; disaster response and reconstruction; and the roles of social movements, development aid, and non-governmental organizations in international development. 

Pre-requisite: ANT 101, ANT 202, SOC 110, or SOC 120.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will define, describe, and explain sociological and anthropological terms, concepts, and theories pertaining to development and culture change.


2.  Students will apply anthropological concepts to analyze social phenomena and evaluate theoretical and actual solutions to social problems around the world.


3.  In both class discussions and informal and formal written exercises, students will communicate the historical, social, and political roots of contemporary development and global culture change.