Field research courses

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Field Research Courses Summer 2019

All students interested in participating in a field research course for the summer 2019 semester are invited to attend our information session on Thursday October 18th, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, in room FSS 4007.

The destinations for the Summer 2019 courses will be announced at the information session.

We offer courses that enable students to conduct an independent study abroad and offer them the opportunity to increase their knowledge on particular issues linked to the host country. These courses represent six credits in the undergraduate program of study and three credits for students registered in a masters program.

Please note that each course has a maximum capacity of 15 students.


Arts, culture and heritage is an area of governmental intervention that is often overlooked. Nonetheless, the governmental intervention in this general area comes with important social and political issues. This course will provide students with an understanding of the diversity and the breadth of activities covered by the government’s intervention in the cultural sphere. Students will learn more about the rationale and power dynamics at play behind government’s intervention in arts and heritage. This course compares Canada and Australia and focuses on three dimensions of culture and heritage policies:

  1. Political and historical forces: (Empires and cultural policies, settler colonialism and heritage, the politics of memory, the structural and constitutional dimension, Federal, State/Provincial and local cultural policies)
  2. Contemporary challenges: Cultural diplomacy (Asia, the Pacific area and the world), Indigenous cultures, cultural policy and identity, migration and cultural policy, and cultural accessibility.
  3. Structural, organizational perspectives: arts communities, resources, community engage, collective actions in arts and heritage.

This course focuses on site visits (museums, heritage sites, public places, galleries) and on discussions and debates with actors in the field. This course will take place in Adelaide (SA), in collaboration with UNISA and Adelaide University. Site visits in Fleurieu Peninsula, and in the greater area of Adelaide, as well as lectures and site visits to Melbourne are scheduled.

This course is offered in English to undergraduate students from June 4th to 24th, 2018. The course will take place in June to coincide with UNISA and Adelaide activities.

Professor Contact Information

Professor Jonathan Paquette
School of Political Studies

Office hours : by appointment
Office: FSS 7042

Course Outline


The European Integration process is one of the most exciting phenomena of the 20th and 21st century. After 1945, first Western Europe and then Southern and Eastern Europe merged together to one unity without borders and a common currency, the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, the EU is not without its challenges and problems. Brexit, Grexit and the refugee crisis are just a few challenges. Faced with these challenges, the EU is also in a crisis of acceptance, with declining numbers of citizens supporting the EU. Among others, the EU institutions are perceived as undemocratic, difficult to understand and slow in making decisions. In this course, we will partly debunk these myths providing a better understanding of the EU decision making process. At the heart of the course, is a five day simulation of the EU decision making process.  During the 5 days in Mainz participants abandon their role of passive citizens to take the role of active players in the European political process. The simulation aims at being as realistic as possible. Participants do not only play the roles of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) and Ministers in the Council of the EU; some of the participants assume the roles of journalists, critically reporting on the proceedings in the two chambers. This simulation will be embedded in a one week intensive course about the functioning of European institutions at the University of Mainz, and a one week study trip to Brussels. During this one week study trip will get to know the European Institutions through study visits and discussions with relevant actors.

This course is offered in English to 4th year undergraduate and masters students. The course will take place from June 29th to July 22nd 2018.

Professor Contact Information

Professor Daniel Stockemer
School of Political Studies

Office hours: by appointment via email

Course Outline


Like all countries in the world, some Mexican populations suffer exclusion and discrimination from dominant groups in Mexican society. Be it sexual, linguistic, cultural, visible minorities, women, migrant populations and refugees, many social groups living in Mexico are subjected to various forms of injustice (legal, social, economic, formal or informal, regular or institutionalized, etc.).

Focusing on the issues of social justice, this course will seek to understand socio-economic inequalities and sociocultural conflicts in Mexico that lead certain social groups to be more socially, economically, legally and institutionally excluded and / or discriminated. To do so, we will study the sociological, historical, economic and political factors inherent in the processes of exclusion and discrimination. Throughout the course, we will analyze the various facets of the process of minorization, (prejudice, stigmatization, exclusion, discrimination, ordinary racism or institutional racism). Particular attention will be paid to the struggles, challenges and opportunities of these minority groups and how they have organised and organizing themselves in order to fight for their rights.

By interacting with various field practitioners (NGOs / academics / students / stakeholders), interactive seminars, field observation and visits in Mexico City and Puebla, students will explore socio-political challenges of various minorities in contemporary Mexico.

Finally, students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to carry out scientific research through field immersion with one or another of these Mexican minority groups.

This course is offered at the undergraduate level in French and will take place May 27th to June 16th 2018. Some Spanish knowledge is required.

Professor Contact Information

This course is only available in French. to undergraduate students.

Professor Patrice Corriveau

If you have any questions, please contact professor Corriveau by email.

Course Outline

field research Senegal

Education is considered as one of the key drivers of social change and as an important factor for the modernization and improvement of individuals’ wellbeing in developing countries. However, the supply perspective that prevails in most of the international orientations is often inadequate regarding local realities that go far beyond the simple equation of education – graduating – getting a job.

These issues appear clearly with the departure of an increasing number of young males and females from their home to bigger cities or even abroad with the objective of earning additional income to sustain their families. In this course we will adopt a demand perspective focusing on families’ constraints and needs in order to better grasp the conditions that lead young people to leave and jeopardize their education attainment.

Through lectures with experts on education in Africa and Senegal, students will explore the interactions between the national policies and international orientations regarding education matters in Senegal. They will also have the opportunity to get familiar with  families’ and youth’s daily life conditions by developing a  field research in two different areas (the city of Ziguinchor and the rural village Mlomp in the region of Casamance),  together with local students. At the end of their fieldwork they will be able to provide a critique of the “Education for all” paradigm and propose concrete orientations to take into account local realities in the design of education policies.

This course is offered in French at the undergraduate level from May 7th to 30th, 2018.

Professor Contact Information

Nathalie Mondain
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1323

Office hours: Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. by appointment only
Office: Social Science Building, FSS 10005

Course Outline


Taiwan and Canada are both points of arrival for a growing number of female migrant workers responding to an expanding demand for live-in caregivers helping elderly people. It matters for us to know more about the reality of this workforce, labouring in worrisome conditions of precariousness and vulnerability, because it is bound to grow in importance during the coming decades, as a result of changes in the demographic structure of our societies and in their welfare policies. Taiwan represents a living laboratory where the stakes related to these changes are starkly brought into light.

Thanks to lectures by well-known experts, meetings with civil society actors involved in the promotion of care workers’ civil rights, and excursions in the capital’s historical memorials, its health care institutions, its commercial hubs, and its important cultural sites, students will be able to appreciate the complexity of the stakes related to industrial relations and immigration in a society where traditional roles are challenged, and concerns over the upholding of national identity are acute.

This course is offered in English to undergraduate students from May 4 to 26, 2018.

Professor Contact Information

André Laliberté
School of Political Studies
613-562-5800 ext.8913

Office Hours: Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointment
Office: Social Sciences Building, FSS 7075

Course Outline

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