Engaged Curriculum Grants

Teaching Global Engagement

The current undergraduate anthropology curriculum trains students in the key concepts and subfields of the discipline. However, the central tenet of anthropology — that understanding is gained through sustained encounters in field sites that bring scholars in close contact with local communities — is not systematically integrated into the curriculum. Department faculty members are resolving this by developing “field encounter” courses that provide students with opportunities to do anthropology, while also learning to think anthropologically. Field encounter courses enhance student fluency in working across lines of cultural difference, providing the conceptual and practical tools they need to thrive as global citizens. By teaching engagement through anthropological practice, the Department of Anthropology has emerged as a national leader in developing curricula that prepare students to be lifelong global actors.

Grant type: Planning

The Team

  • Adam T. Smith, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Darlene Evans, Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stacey Langwick, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kathryn March, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Viranjini Munasinghe, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elliot Shapiro, Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sofia Villenas, Department of Anthropology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Community partner: Field encounter courses are currently in development in collaboration with partners at field sites in Ithaca and across the globe on topics ranging from slavery to prisons to drugs and rehabilitation

Engaged Curriculum Grants

Funding teams that are integrating community engagement into new and existing curricula.

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