ANTHRCUL 439 - Economic Anthropology and Development
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Contemporary Third World countries of Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean are undergoing rapid and exciting social and economic transformation. This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical problems raised by the modernization of rural, village-based tribal and peasant economies and the urbanization and industrialization of local and national communities of the non-western world.

Topics covered include:

  1. the making of the Third World economies with the overseas expansion of Europe, creation of the world market and the international economic order; the nature of economic anthropology — its scope, basic concepts, methods and objectives — and how it relates to indigenous economies, conventional and development economics;
  2. anthropological (social science) perspectives on ‘development’, ‘underdevelopment’, ‘sustainable development’, ‘globalization’ and ‘climate change’; and
  3. CASE STUDIES of problems or current issues of Third World development and underdevelopment: e.g., the UN Millenium Development Goals, the follow up Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality; HIV/AIDS, international migration, micro-finance, NGO’s and poverty alleviation; human rights and democracy.

Films/videos shown when available. Basic texts: Lucy Mair, "Anthropology and Development"; "UNDP Human Development Report 2003", (Online) Maxwell Owusu, "Third World" in James D. Wright ed, "International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences". sevier, Vol 24, 2nd Edition, 2015. (Online) Jeffrey D. Sachs, "The Age of Sustainable Development", Columbia University Press, 2015, "Introduction" (Online)

Course Requirements:

Final grades based on three take-home papers and contributions to class discussion.

Intended Audience:

The course is recommended for anthropology and non-anthropology majors — that is all students with serious interest in comparative cultures and social change.

Class Format:

Lecture/discussion format.


ANTHRCUL 439 - Economic Anthropology and Development
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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