AFST 146 - (BH, CC) Anthropology and Social JusticeSemester Hours: 3
Movements for social justice take many forms. Students will explore how people cross-culturally draw on diverse cultural and religious traditions as they conceive and work toward building a just society. Domestic and international conditions in our contemporary world demand that we take a nuanced look at how people motivate themselves and others to make social and cultural change. We will discuss a variety of topics, including the Catholic worker’s movement, the civil rights movement, peace and anti-violence campaigns, Buddhist activism, and interfaith movements, as well as responses to class, ethnic, racial, and gender inequities. This course will concentrate on anthropological approaches to understanding how religious texts, cultural worldviews, and social conditions shape movements for social justice. As a class, we will also seek opportunities to dialogue with local advocacy groups, including religious groups, and students will conduct ethnographic research projects with these organizations.
Credit will be given for AFST 146 or ANTH 146, not both.
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