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Fall 2018-2019
* ANT 314 / ENE 314 / AFS 314 (SA)   na, npdf

The Anthropology of Development

Carolyn M. Rouse

Why do development projects fail? This course examines why well-meaning development experts get it wrong. It looks closely at what anthropologists mean by culture and why most development experts fail to attend to the cultural forces that hold communities together. By examining development projects from South Asia to the United States, students learn the relevance of exchange relations, genealogies, power, religion, and indigenous law. This semester the class will focus on energy in Africa.

Sample reading list:
James Ferguson, Global Shadows
Nina Munk, The Idealist
Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy
Charles Piot, Remotely Global
Hannah Appel, ed., Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly précis, max. 600 words; final paper, max. 3,200 words (about 10 pages double spaced). 100-150 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Optional

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ug/Sophomores Only 12

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20716 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:22 Limit:30