Ethnographic Field School in Belize

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Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Director, Center for Applied Anthropology Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Ethnographic Field School in Belize

Program Dates:
June 14, 2022 - July 13, 2022

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ANTH 495 / ANTH 495G


Course Description:

The ethnographic field school, as part of the CfAA, is partnering with Belizean institutes and associations in order to contribute to an understanding of household economy and agricultural knowledge of sugar cane farmers in Orange Walk District village communities. Our current research includes the following topics: Biological and Cultural Contributions to Kidney Disease; and Cultural Models of Agrichemicals, Child Labor, Community Development, Nature, Pests, Protective Gear, Soils, Sugar Cane Price Fluctuation, and Sugar Cane Varieties. Our community partners will use our results and recommendations to develop and conduct workshops for farmers on agricultural techniques, economics, health, and other community development topics. Currently, our community partners include the: Belize Sugar Cane Farmer’s Association National Institute of Culture and History, Progressive Sugar Cane Producer’s Association, and Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute.

Upper Division Undergraduate and Graduate Level earn 4 credit hours.

One course in anthropology or other social/behavioral science

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect to walk 4-6 miles on most days. Activities will take place in the summer in a tropical climate students should be prepared for this environment. Breathable closed-toed hiking shoes are a required.

Course Highlights:
Coming soon