Why do development projects succeed or fail? This course examines how to design a human-centered development project using anthropological theory and methods. It looks closely at what anthropologists mean by culture and why most development experts fail to attend to the cultural forces that hold communities together. By examining development projects from the vantage in North Africa, students learn the relevance of kinship, power, religion and ontologies. Students will also work with local organizations in the High Atlas Mountains as a way to study development in practice.
Room and Board*: $240
Personal Expenses and Travel: $2,260
Total Seminar Cost: $6,000
- Tuition: Instructional costs
- Room and Board: Housing and some meals at the High Atlas Foundation/University Cadi Ayyad. (*The actual cost of room and board is subsidized for all students through the Global Seminars endowment.)
- Personal Expenses and Travel: Airfare (estimated at $1,300) and airport ground transportation, meals not included in fee, laundry, essential toiletries, OTC medications, optional local cultural activities, optional entertainment, and local phone costs
Students who receive term financial aid automatically receive funding from PIIRS toward the cost of a Global Seminar. Contact the seminar administrator for details on these awards.
Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
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This seminar is generously supported by the Holly and Henry Wendt, Class of 1955, Global Seminar Fund. PIIRS Global Seminars are also made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.