ANT 202 : Anthropology and Social Justice

For over a century, anthropology in the United States has been founded on the twin principles of scientific objectivity and humanitarian equality. Anthropology has championed the fundamental equality and unity of all humans, even when politicians, the law, and mainstream society maintained segregation and inequality. Nonetheless, the role of anthropology as a discipline that “speaks for” marginalized groups is ambiguous. In this course, students will explore, reflect on, and debate the potential for anthropological research (and social science research broadly) to promote greater social justice. Not repeatable for credit.