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Anthropology in Developing Countries

Course Code: ANTH 1170
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

An anthropological over-view of the “Third World” or developing nations and how the structure of the world today came into being. Topics include: colonialism, peasants, urbanization, globalization, disease. The methodological approach is ethnographic, comparative and historical. The general theoretical framework is social construction of reality.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
    • First World/Third World: the Division of the World Today
    • Doing Anthropology
  2. Change Over Time
  3. The Creation of Peasantries I
  4. The Creation of Peasantries II
  5. Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism
  6. Peasant Production and Subsistence Patterns
  7. Personal Problems, Social Causes
  8. Wage Labour And Peasant Economies
  9. Bureaucracy, Modernization and Development
  10. Peasant Communities and The Wider World I
  11. Peasants and The Wider World II
  12. The Good Life: Globalization
  13. Mass Media, Advertising and Belief Systems
  14. Summary and Conclusions

Methods of Instruction

The course will be presented mainly in lecture format, with the addition of class discussions, and the use of audiovisual aids.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives, consistent with current College policy, and may include the following:

A series of examinations - up to 30% each   30%
An individual/group assignment or presentation     10%
A research essay   30%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of such terms as “Developing World” as well as a number of pertinent anthropological terms and concepts.

  2. Discuss the basic history of colonialism and its relation to the current state of the world, and the divisions between the Developed/Developing World.

  3. Describe the impact of modernization and development and their connections to globalization.

  4. Discuss the position of the peasant as a “structured inferior” both past and present, with reference to specific ethnographic studies.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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