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Matthew A. Hale
ANTH 371
Seattle Campus

Anthropology of Development

Development refers to social, economic, cultural, political transformations viewed as progress. Studied from anthropological perspectives. Historical, social context for emergence of ideas of development. Role of development in promoting national cultures. Impact of development on individual citizenship, families, rural-urban relations, workers, business, environment. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 371.

Class description

(Course subtitle: Urban/Rural Relations in Global Capitalism) The historical foundation of global capitalism involved an unprecedented deepening of the social and ecological split between the urban and the rural. Attention to this split also provides insights into pressing concerns of our times: climate change, energy crisis, food justice, urban involution, and the revival of globally-networked movements of workers, peasants, and the dispossessed. This course will introduce a series of texts and films addressing several aspects of this split, from the dawn of industrialization to the present, with a focus on labor and anthropology.

Student learning goals

It is hoped that students will come away from the course with experience in community service and a variety of academic activities, as well as an enhanced awareness about the social foundations of our world and the possibilities for changing it.

General method of instruction

Lecture, student presentations, discussion, short reading responses, one research project with paper, optionally involving service learning for extra credit, and peer review of other student papers.

Recommended preparation

One 200-level course in Anthropology or Labor Studies

Class assignments and grading

Students are required to introduce readings to the class, write reflections on texts and films, participate in critical discussion, and conduct original research for class presentation, including participant observation of related organizations and projects in the Seattle area.

Reading responses: 6 x 5 points each = 30% Presentations introducing readings: 2 x 10 points each = 20% In-class participation (notebooks): 10% Research paper: 30% Peer review of research papers: 10% Service learning journal: up to 10 points extra credit


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Matthew A. Hale
Date: 03/18/2012