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Tami Blumenfield
ANTH 467
Seattle Campus

Anthropology of Education

Uses a wide range of social theory and philosophy to investigate mechanisms which reproduce inequality and asymmetry in American education.

Class description

This course will introduce students to issues and approaches relevant to the study of education within the field of anthropology. Readings explore educational experiences in cultures around the world as well as schooling in the United States. In this course, students are viewed as individuals whose enculturation and attitudes toward education belong to a larger context that includes family, peers, and society. A service learning component will help connect principles learned in this university classroom to the everyday educational situations experienced by learners throughout Seattle. Your reflections on this experience will be an integral form of your participation in this course.

Student learning goals

Recognize how schools function as cultural zones

Analyze interactions that occur around educational practices

Develop your own critiques and contributions to questions related to education and schooling

Apply course content to interactions with diverse communities outside the UW

General method of instruction

Discussion, readings, experiential learning, lecture, film viewing.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Service learning: 3 hours per week of service in a community organization and keeping a journal reflecting on that experience.

Discussion facilitation: Student-led short class discussion and reflection on readings individually or in collaboration with another student in the course.

Midterm and final papers.


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.
Last Update by Tami Blumenfield
Date: 06/09/2008