Course Catalog - 2022-2023



Department: Anthropology
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Description: In this research seminar, students explore key concepts and methodologies in anthropology in order to conduct their own research projects in a specific part of the world. Such topics as health, globalization, migration, regional economy, and cultural influences on development will be considered. The course will address the methods and ethics appropriate to conduct fieldwork-based research on these topics including participant observation and a variety of interviewing techniques in an international setting. Students will work closely with the course instructors to develop and design an original research project. The course includes a faculty-led visit to an international site so students may gain experience in conducting research first hand in an international setting. During this trip, students will meet with relevant decision leaders, community members, other stakeholders, and university faculty with expertise on their research topic. Upon their return to Rice, students will complete their research papers with regular guidance and feedback from the course instructors. The papers will be presented in class and students with exceptionally strong projects will be encouraged to summarize their major findings in the form of posters and present them at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS). Repeatable for Credit.