ACTIVIST ANTHROPOLOGY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
31208
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
Letter Grade
Description
Following the work of activist anthropology this course will teach students that "critical engagement brought about by activist research is both necessary and productive. Such research can contribute to transforming the discipline by addressing knowledge production and working to decolonize our research process. Rather than seeking to avoid or resolve the tensions inherent in anthropological research on human rights, activist research draws them to the fore, making them a productive part of the process. Finally, activist research allows us to merge cultural critique with political action to produce knowledge that is empirically grounded, theoretically valuable, and ethically viable." (Speed 2006). This course will teach students both the importance and value of conducting research that moves outside of the "ivory tower" of academia. "[A]ctivist scholars work in dialogue, collaboration, alliance with people who are struggling to better their lives; activist scholarship embodies a responsibility for results that these "allies" can recognize as their own, value in their own terms, and use as they see fit." (Hale 2008) This course will explore major conceptual work on the role and ethical responsibility of anthropological research and social justice issues. Students will be required to participate in methodological exercises that will require engagement in the Pittsburgh community. While simultaneously learning as a student one will also be producing tangible resources for under-represented, marginalized and underserved communities.
Class Attributes
DSAS Diversity General Ed. Requirement
DSAS Social Science General Ed. Requirement
SCI Diversity General Ed. Requirements
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.
Class Notes
The planned operational mode for this class when meeting in-person is FULL COHORT. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-full-cohort-classroom/.

Class Details
Instructor(s)
Gabby Yearwood
Meets
TuTh 2:50PM - 4:05PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
G8 Cathedral of Learning
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Seminar Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Enrollment Restrictions
ANTH majors with 90+ credits
Available Seats: 0
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
20
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
20
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20