University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Winterim 2009-10 Anthropology Course Information


Anthropology 150: Multicultural America

Anthropology 540: Applications of Anthropology



Anthropology 150: Multicultural America (3cr, U)


Course Description

It has been four years since Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans. For residents in the Lower 9th Ward community in particular, the return, rebuilding and recovery have been slow if not nonexistent.

Lower 9th Ward residents who are have returned still face overwhelming obstacles. All is not well. Their everyday struggles are marginalized in the city’s overall effort to recover and their situation is now out of the nation spotlight. And yet there are inherent lessons which emerge from this national tragedy. Students enrolled in the UWinterim in New Orleans will reside in New Orleans and participate in research projects that focus on the return, recovery and transformation of the Lower 9th Ward community in New Orleans.

Course themes are

  • Is New Orleans culturally important to America?
  • How do we as Americans response to disasters?
    • In what ways will did response to Katrina inform our understanding of governmental, communal and personal responsibility as a response to this national disaster? To future disasters?
    • What did Katrina teach us about who we are as a country?
  • What are perceptions of race, class and citizenship after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
    • What are teachable moments in the wake of this disaster that are important for us as a national to understand about the city that care forgot?

Course requirements

  • Each student will complete a service learning assignment
  • Each student will submit typed Fieldnotes in the D2L dropbox
  • Each student will participant in a minimum of at least one resident interview

Course Objectives

  • Each student will be introduced to field methods used by anthropologist
  • Each student will engage in numerous supervised participant observation activities
    • Service learning placements will allow you to gain insights into the daily lives of residents in New Orleans post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • Each student will learn how to write ethnographic field notes
  • Each student will gain an understanding of data collection as part of the research process used by anthropologist

Tentative Course Schedule

Scholarship Form: PDF Format and WORD Format

Housing Options in New Orleans

Class Photos -Forthcoming

Photo Gallery of Class Activities Related to New Orleans (Winterim 2009)

Other Relevant Links




Anthropology 540: Applications of Anthropology (3cr, U/G)


Course Description

It has been four years since Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans. For residents in the Lower 9th Ward community in particular, the return, rebuilding and recovery have been slow if not nonexistent.

Lower 9th Ward residents who are have returned still face overwhelming obstacles. All is not well. Their everyday struggles are marginalized in the city’s overall effort to recover and their situation is now out of the nation spotlight. And yet there are inherent lessons which emerge from this national tragedy. Students enrolled in the UWinterim in New Orleans will reside in New Orleans and participate in research projects that focus on the return, recovery and transformation of the Lower 9th Ward community in New Orleans.

Course themes are

  • Is New Orleans culturally important to America?
  • How do we as Americans response to disasters?
    • In what ways will did response to Katrina inform our understanding of governmental, communal and personal responsibility as a response to this national disaster? To future disasters?
    • What did Katrina teach us about who we are as a country?
  • What are perceptions of race, class and citizenship after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
    • What are teachable moments in the wake of this disaster that are important for us as a national to understand about the city that care forgot?

Course requirements

  • Each student will complete a service learning assignment
  • Each student will submit typed Fieldnotes in the D2L dropbox
  • Each student will submit a 5-7 page paper based on a thematic focus
  • Each student will participant in a minimum of at least one resident interview

Course Objectives

  • Each student will be use field methods used by anthropologist
  • Each student will engage in numerous supervised participant observation activities
    • Service learning placements will allow you to gain insights into the daily lives of residents in New Orleans post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • Each student will be required to submit ethnographic field notes as data one form of data collection.
  • Each student will write a paper based on field notes. This will strengthen his/her understanding of data analysis as part of the research process used by anthropologist.

Tentative Course Schedule

Scholarship Form: PDF Format and WORD Format

Housing Options in New Orleans

Class Photos - Forthcoming

Photo Gallery of Class Activities Related to New Orleans (Winterim 2009)

Other Relevant Links