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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2009

ANT 324L • On Praxis- Scholarship and Activism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29906 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
EPS 1.128
Tang

Course Description

This course explores the intersection of scholarship and activist-based forms of knowledge: community organizing, advocacy, service and grassroots civic participation. As a course requirement, students will conduct an internship assignment with a community-based organization in Austin, developing a research project that analyzes the internship experience. The course examines the way in which community-based knowledgeparticularly as it is shaped within communities facing social inequities informs accepted theories of how the world works. We will review key social theories by situating them in mass movements that have shaped the 19th and 20th centuries. Together we will explore the complexities of activist research methods, while each student conceives and carries out an activist research project in conjunction with an organization in the Austin area. Once this "practicum" portion of the course begins (roughly first week of February), the seminar will meet once rather than twice a week. From February on, students are expected to devote an average of 6 to 8 hours a week to their activist research project. This course qualifies as Service Learning.

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