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ANTH 313 - Modernization and Development

  • 3 credits
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This course examines the theories and practices that underpin the contested notion of development through the lens of anthropology. We will trace the historic arc of development through modernization, globalization, and neoliberalism. This trajectory will allow us to survey anthropological critiques of the constructions of the so-called “Third World,” and technologies deployed to “alleviate poverty” and “promote progress”. Our course invites us to consider new approaches to and practices of development, including participatory development, gender and development, sustainable development and human rights-based development. Then we will examine the counternarratives, counterwork, and tools marginalized communities affected by traditional development are using to push back against imposed projects and plans that threaten their cultures and livelihoods. Finally, we engage the emergence of post-development thinking, philosophies and writings that open new human and community possibilities.  


ANTH 100 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) or ANTH 200 (Cultures and the Global System)

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Please have all textbooks in-hand at the beginning of the course.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.