ANTH 55: APPLIED CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|1 lecture per week (12 total per quarter)
|Degree & Credit Status:
|Degree-Applicable Credit Course
|Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will have experienced the process of collaborative research in the social sciences.
- Students will recognize when to utilize distinct methods of applied cultural anthropology for data collection and analysis.
- Students will have an awareness of the value of applied cultural anthropology for solving problems in the world around them.
The student will be able to:
A. Articulate how and why applied anthropology is a legitimate area of anthropological inquiry.
B. Cite examples of applied cultural anthropology in one or more of the major areas of study and application, including: design anthropology, development anthropology, anthropology and healthcare, anthropology and social work, anthropology and education, organizational and business anthropology.
C. Demonstrate an awareness of the field methodologies of applied anthropology, including research design, and the basic skills of successful anthropologists working in the public and private sectors.
D. Discuss the role and benefits of applied cultural anthropology in solving contemporary social issues at home and abroad.
A. Overview of the 4-fields of anthropology, and applied anthropology as the 5th field.
B. Arenas and examples of applied cultural anthropology.
C. Development and implementation of a research design.
D. Background research and reconnaissance.
E. Cultivating informants.
F. Social survey and interview methodologies.
G. Data collection techniques.
H. Preliminary statistical analysis of social science data.
I. Interpretation of data and self-reflexivity.
J. Report preparation and presentation to concerned stakeholders.
K. Sustainable development.
L. Local and global implications of applied anthropology.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Methods of evaluation may include but are not limited to:
A. Multiple choice and/or essay exams
B. Individual and/or group oral presentations
C. Research papers and/or written reports
D. Worksheets to supplement data collection and analysis
E. Preparation of field notes or journal
F. Participation in small group and all class discussions
Method(s) of Instruction
Methods of instruction may include but are not limited to the following:
A. Short lectures
C. Field exercises
D. Classroom exercises
E. Oral presentations
F. Guided preparation of reports
G. Field trips
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Podolefsky, Aaron, Peter J. Brown, and Scott M. Lacy. Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Reader. 9th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
This remains the most relevant text in this field; there is no newer edition.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading, analysis and reflection of case studies in applied cultural anthropology
B. Preparation of research proposals
C. Data collection using ethnographic fieldwork methods
D. Analysis of data
E. Preparation of written reports and oral presentations