|Mainly focus on South America.|
This assignment addresses course outcomes by:
(1) demonstrating in-depth knowledge of a particular cultural, political-economic and/or environmental issue
affecting South American societies;
(2) interpreting academic and journalistic information on South America from a critical anthropological
(3) connecting an issue affecting a particular South American people or culture to national, regional and global
processes, through public communication and writing.
This will benefit students by showing how concepts explored in the course extend to data collected from
independent research using outside sources. Reflective insights and a succinct summary of the aims,
accomplishments and broader implications of the study will offer students the opportunity to adjust in their
own attitudes and beliefs about this culture area of the world.
By the end of this assignment, students will be able to:
• use writing to convey information about a particular culture, nation and region;
• summarize the importance of independent research for understanding South America.
Library Research Workshop: Consult the LibGuide and watch the instruction session with anthropology
subject librarian Shonn Haren.
Project proposal: Submit a typed research plan via Blackboard’s Exams and Assignments tab.
This is a 825-word maximum description of your chosen issue and research area. You should address:
1) What issue and area have you chosen? Describe as many details as possible concerning what you already
know (or imagine) about the issue and what its national and regional significance is.
2) What specific sources could you read to learn more about your interests? Relevant academic journals
include: the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, North American Congress on Latin
America (NACLA), Latin American Perspectives, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American
Studies, and Bulletin of Latin American Research, among others.
3) What different groups or communities are located in the area affected by this issue?
4) What is interesting to you about this issue and what do you want to learn about it?
5) What are the broader implications of this research for understanding South America?