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2011 JBS Students will present their study at the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology!

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Philip Lu '11 writes about his experience in The Justice.



Students on the program will take the following three courses:

ANTH 183aj  Anthropological Inquiry
ANTH  181aj Ethnographic Research 
and one of the following:
ANTH 98aj  Individual Readings and Research in Anthropology
or ANTH 99aj  Senior Research

The courses will be taught by Professor Elizabeth Ferry with support from a program and teaching assistant.  Students will earn 12 credits and the program counts towards one of the semesters that students need in order to graduate. 

The program consists of three courses - one is classroom-based, one combines classroom and and experiential learning, and one is almost entirely field-based.  The summer will be divided into two five-week sessions, with the first two courses (Anthropological Inquiry and Research Design) taking place in June and the third course (Individual Readings and Research in Anthropology/Senior Honors Research) in July and early August. 

How the Courses Count for undergraduates:
  • The Social Science distribution requirement will be met
  • ANTH 183aj can be used towards the Writing Intensive requirement (please see the University Bulletin for complete details)
  • ANTH 181aj Ethnographic Research meets the Sociology requirement for the Theory and Methods sub-area
  • ANTH 183aj, ANTH 181aj and ANTH 98aj may count as electives towards the Anthropology major/minor (within published restrictions, please see the University Bulletin for complete details)
How the Courses Count for graduate students in Anthropology:

The JBS will count as two course credits:
1)  ANTH 183aj Anthropological Inquiry (4 credits)
2)  NEW ANTH 181aj Ethnographic Research (4 credits)
MA students will also conduct research along with the undergrads and participate in the workshops, etc., but will not get course credit for this.  It will, however, support them in writing their MA paper.

The Program is divided into two sessions.

Session One: May 29 - June 28

1. ANTH 183aj Anthropological Inquiry

Taught by Professor Elizabeth Ferry
This course will look at how anthropologists have conducted fieldwork and turned it into different kinds of products — especially ethnographic writing, but also films, museum exhibits, Web sites, teaching curricula, etc. We will look at classic and contemporary ethnographic work in the context of the field research conducted. We will also explore collaborative and public anthropology approaches and the role of new media in the field. Students will write weekly reflective summaries of the material read and will develop an independent project examining how questions related to their particular project have been researched and written about. This independent project will be submitted in draft form and later revised. 

Class will meet for two hours in the morning, Monday through Thursday. The exact schedule will be forthcoming.

2. ANTH 181aj Ethnographic Research 

Taught by Professor Elizabeth Ferry
An introduction to research design and the theory and practice of fieldwork. Students will build on their JBS project idea to develop a research proposal and accompanying research design. They will also learn and practice interview techniques, field note taking and management and participant observation. Some assignments will be common to all students, while others will be tailored to the individual project. Students will probably have already received human subjects clearance for their research, but they will review that process so that they know how to do it in the future. Students will finish the course ready to begin their JBS fieldwork in the second session. 
Class will meet for two hours in the afternoon, Monday through Thursday. The exact schedule will be forthcoming.

Session Two: July 2 - August 3

As a part of this JBS program, students will enroll in one of the following two courses.

3. ANTH 98aj Individual Readings and Research in Anthropology
or ANTH 99aj Senior Research

Taught by Professor Elizabeth Ferry

In ANTH 98 and 99, students will be required to do 15-20 hours per week of field research, following the research design developed in session one. In addition, students will come together as a class once a week for four hours. This class will be run as a workshop for students to discuss and present their field projects and common challenges and strategies with each other. Students will also be required to meet with the instructor once a week. (The instructor will hold regular weekly office hours and will be available to meet at other times as necessary.) During the second session students will prepare a final project, developed by the student in consultation with the instructor and field research partners, if applicable. The project can take a variety of forms, including a final paper, outline and writing sample or chapter for senior thesis, short video, Web site design, PowerPoint, podcast, brochure, etc.