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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 13, 2023 - July 12, 2023

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ANTH 495 / ANTH 495G


Course Description:

This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain research skills to apply in their future careers, an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided applied ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, field note writing and coding, ethnographic interviewing, ethnolinguistic data collection, community mapping, and other ethnographic methods in addition to basic ethnographic writing.

In addition to conducting community-based research, we plan to visit the Belize Zoo, Banquitas House of Culture, Cuello's Distillery and Ruins, Lamanai Maya Ruins (via boat on the New River), Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve (Cave Tubing), and the Tower Hill (Sugar Cane) Factory.

At least one introductory course in anthropology or sociology or consent of instructor.

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:

“Our partners will use our results and recommendations to develop and conduct workshops for farmers on agricultural techniques, economics, health, and other community development topics.” Dr. Doug Hume