Field School

Field School

Fieldwork is a major component of anthropological study. It teaches important skills in documenting and understanding local social issues. In a field school, you'll experience first hand the ethical and practical challenges of community-based research with diverse partners.

The Anthropology PACE Field school provides students with the opportunity to practice ethnography in on- and off campus business, museum or educational settings by doing applied or community-based anthropological research through preparation, participation in, and reflection on a PACE placement. The unit includes practical skill building in hands-on environments, and reflection on anthropological practice, including the ethics of doing ethnographic research, research techniques and dissemination strategies. During the unit, students develop skills in inter-cultural communication, research design, and mixed methods research. When possible, the unit involves the production of publicly available outputs so that students can include the work in their professional portfolios.

In the past, Anthropology PACE unit gave students the opportunity to field research in Fiji, where they experienced the local culture and worked on projects with our partners at the University of the South Pacific and the Fiji Museum, and developed a broader view of Australia’s role in the Pacific region. The fieldwork encouraged students to think of the economic, social and cultural implications of being a ‘Pacific superpower’.

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