FW: Costa Rica - NCSU Ethnographic Field School
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From: Tim Wallace [mailto:tmwallace@...]
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2000 12:27 AM
Subject: Costa Rica - NCSU Ethnographic Field School
North Carolina State University announces the Sixth Annual
Ethnographic Field School in Costa Rica, Summer 2000
May 17 - June 29, 2001
Anthropology of Sustainable Tourism
Objectives: Students learn how to do ethnographic fieldwork, design a research project, carry out independent research and study the effects of tourism and change on the local environment and communities. During the six-week program students live with Costa Rican families. Costa Ricans are friendly and outgoing and they have the highest standard of living in Latin America. Tourism is having an impact on their way of life. In this sixth summer of research we will focus more on the nature of change in the family and in the community as it adapts to the continuing presence of more and more tourists and foreign residents. The program is designed for 12-13 graduate or undergraduate anthropology majors or minors or students in related fields wishing to learn ethnographic field methods.
The Research Site
Quepos (pop. 16,000) is a friendly, coastal town near the beautiful ecotourism destination of Manuel Antonio National Park with its spectacular beaches and tropical rainforest fauna, including three species of monkeys, an incredible diversity of birds such as toucans and macaws, sloths, coati and other exotic wildlife.
Six Course Credits (graduate or undergraduate):
Prerequisites are two courses in anthropology, one of which must be in Cultural Anthropology. No previous experience in ethnographic fieldwork required. Priority will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters of Spanish.
ANT 419 Ethnographic Field Methods. (3 cr.) This is a field methods course that emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics. Applied research methods such as rapid appraisal will also be demonstrated. Students learn research design, systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, coding, ethics data analysis and report writing.
ANT 432 Anthropology of Tourism: Applied Field Methods. (3 cr.) This course focuses on tourism and the role of culture as it affects the interactions between hosts and guests. Students learn through seminar discussions and field work the problems underlying the achievement of sustainable tourism and maintenance of cultural traditions.
Note: English is the language of instruction.
Each student lives with a Costa Rican family. They receive room, board and laundry services. The families also help them learn Spanish and establish networks in the community. We have worked with these families for over five years and they are very familiar with the goals and needs of our students.
The program also includes side excursions to other locales, including the beautiful and exotic cloud rainforest region of Monteverde, the national park near the active volcano of Arenal, and the luxurious resort of Tabacon hot springs. We will also tour the Central Valley cities of San José, Cartago and Heredia.
The cost of the six week program is $2500. The fee covers all living expenses including:
**room, board (three meals/day), laundry
**local transportation costs
**national park entrance fees
**program fees and instruction
**tuition for six credits in anthropology
Not included: airfare, airport departure taxes.
Airfare from Raleigh, N.C. to San José is currently as low as $525. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop word processor to the field. Other than a valid passport no other documents are necessary to enter Costa Rica.
Applications may be downloaded from the field school website http://www4.ncsu.edu:8030/~twallace/studyA.html. For a hard copy of the application and/or for further information contact Tim Wallace at 919-781-8655 (h) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no:919-515-2610; E-mail: tim_wallace@.... When requesting an application, include your full name, local address, permanent mailing address, telephone number, E-mail address, your major, year of graduation and degree. A formal application form and instructions will follow upon receipt of your letter. A $150 registration fee, applicable to the total program cost, is required at the time of application. The registration fee will be refunded to students who are not accepted for the program. Acceptance is more likely the earlier the application is received. Mail the letter/application to: Tim Wallace, North Carolina State University, Summer Ethnographic Field School in Costa Rica, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Box 8107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695.