[Ask] Belize Ethnographic Fieldschool

Douglas Hume humed1 at nku.edu
Wed May 2 15:36:35 EDT 2012

In collaboration with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, Dr. Douglas Hume is planning an ethnographic field school in Belize during the summer of 2013!

This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain valuable research skills to apply anthropology in their future careers (e.g., applied anthropology or other social/behavioral discipline), an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based project. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to: economic, social, political and kinship systems as well as the cultural constructions of identity, race, gender, religion and art. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, taking and coding field notes, ethnographic and life-history interviewing, focus groups, rapid assessment procedures, interpreting and analyzing data, and ethnographic writing. After successful completion of this course, students will have:

	• developed a basic understanding of Belizean culture;
	• formulated an understanding of ethical and validity issues in ethnographic research;
	• practiced skills in research design and ethnographic methods of data collection;
	• applied basic ethnographic research methods in a non-western culture;
	• engaged in a community-based research project; and
	• analyzed ethnographic data resulting in an ethnographic monograph.

For more information, see http://aearg.nku.edu/index.php/current-projects/belize

Douglas W. Hume, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Northern Kentucky University
Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Philosophy
228 Landrum Academic Center, Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

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