Field research courses

Large group of smiling participants from the Field Research Course

Field Research Courses Summer 2021

Deadline to apply is March 1st BEFORE 4 p.m.

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. Click below on the country tab to find out information about the course and the course outline

Brazil

Brazil at a Distance (course offered in English only)

This course proposes an immersive study of Brazil through its cinema, and related scholarship. Over three intensive weeks, we watch and debate films, shorts, a series, and documentaries that are thematically organized in three course modules: 1) Inequalities in Contemporary Brazil; 2) Brazilian Urban Utopias and Dystopias; and 3) Political Landscapes — Brazilian Documentary. Complementing the modules are visits from selected authors to discuss and learn from their research processes. Our aim is to engage these films as objects of anthropological research. What stories do they present? Who was able to get them on screen? Some of these films have become famous and we ask, what role have the films themselves, and the stories they tell, played in Brazilian popular culture, and in people’s lives? In addition to interactive assignments for each film, students have a choice of final research projects to do their own research into an aspect of Brazil. 

This course is offered in English to students from May 10 to 28, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

Professor Meg Stalcup
School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
mstalcup@uOttawa.ca

Online Office Hours : Tuesdays 2:30 to 4:30 PM, and by appointment
 

Course Outline

Cameroon

Antrhopologie des médecines (Course offered in French only)

The course offers an introduction to medical anthropology through Cameroonian healing practices.  Upon joining our hosts on the sites of the Association of Research in Anthropology of African Medicine (ARAM) in Etoa in the periphery of Yaoundé and at the Antenna Lamal Pouguè in the forest of Bassinglègè and the Antenna Kribi on the coast, it will be possible to follow the process of healing from the collection of plants to their transformation into medicine, as well as to grasp how the practices of ARAM weave themselves into contexts, histories, presents and foreseeable futures.  We will also participate to sound and rhythmic therapies and to develop fieldwork practices in anthropology. A historian of Peul medicine will also accompany us on the sites of his fieldwork in Ngaounderé in Northern Cameroon to meet with other healers and multiply perspectives.

This course is offered in French, for undergraduate students, from June 2 to 22, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

Julie Laplante
School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
jlaplan2@uOttawa.ca

Office hours : By appointment

Course Outline

Germany

Germany 30 years after reunification: Revisit the Past, Experience the Present, Imagine the Future (course offered in English to masters and 4th year students only)

This three-week intensive field research course aims at discovering and living Germany’s vivid recent history from 1945 to today. We will try to decode and understand the processes that led to the division of Germany in the late 1940s, as well as the dynamics that allowed the country to become reunited 40 years later. We will also extensively discuss the cultural, economic and social life before and after reunification, as well as the challenges citizens of East and West Germany faced after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The course will be taught in a very practical way: we will visit and explore the innumerable traces of history that remain alive and well in East Germany’s landscape. To help students connect with the different themes that we will cover in the seminar, there will be several practical exercises that will make it easier to immerse ourselves in Germany’s past and present.

This course is offered in English to 4th year undergraduate and masters students. The course will take place from June 21 to July 9, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

Professor Daniel Stockemer
School of Political Studies
Daniel.Stockemer@uOttawa.ca

Office hours: by appointment via email

Course Outline

Mexico

Les défis des minorités: entre discrimination, exclusion et reconnaissance (Course offered in French)

This course focuses on the challenges and difficulties experienced by different minorities in terms of discrimination, exclusion and social recognition, particularly those in Mexico. Focused on social justice issues, this course will seek to understand the socio-economic inequalities and socio-cultural conflicts that lead certain social groups to be further excluded and / or discriminated against socially, economically, legally and institutionally. We are therefore going to study different sociological, historical, economic and political factors inherent in the processes of exclusion and discrimination, in particular by discussing with stakeholders in the field (NGOs / academics / diplomats).

This course is offered at the undergraduate level in French and will take place from May 24 to June 11, 2021

Professor Contact Information

Professor Patrice Corriveau
Criminology
Patrice.Corriveau@uOttawa.ca

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

Course Outline

Senegal

Éducation et accès à l’emploi des jeunes à l’ère numérique en Afrique. Le cas du Sénégal - Course offered in French

This course examines the challenge related to the demographic dividend in Africa with the increasing numbers of new students heading to schools, universities and later to the labour market. In Senegal, almost 62% of the population was less than 25 years-old in 2015. This young population, dynamic and hopeful, is facing a chronic economic crisis which is excluding many of them from the job market. This is happening while important socio-economic and cultural changes are transforming family dynamics and social relationships within communities of various ethnicities and religions.

It is in this context that a significant proportion of young people remain at the margins of the formal school system and, for those who have access to it, they are far from being ensured that their education process will provide them with a job.

 

Students will explore the intersection between families’ daily life conditions and their effects on youth educational and professional trajectories: what are youth and their families’ expectations and aspirations? Does the education system meet these expectations?

In a context of youth high mobility, partly related to the increasing access to social media and other new technologies, students will address three main themes :

  1. The individual and family strategies regarding schooling and access to a job in a context of high poverty and gender inequalities
  2. How do young women and men participate to the local economic development? Does the school or professional training meet the local needs?
  3. The challenges related to post-secondary studies : lack of resources in a situation of a constant increase in the number of new students; gender inequalities in the access to universities or post-secondary studies in general

During an intensive virtual fieldwork, students will be confronted to the gap between the international discourses on the inequalities in the access to education and the daily realities of families and communities for whom education may not be the only option for their youth’ transition to financial autonomy. To facilitate their immersion in this unknown environment, students will work in teams with their peers of the University Assane Seck in Ziguinchor, which is our local partner in this program. Using observation, conducting interviews, and being involved in stimulating debates, students will develop their critical perspective and will share their experience through various communication channels – writing, audio-visual tools, etc. – both within the academic and professional environments.

The course is offered in French but anglophone students are welcome if they can communicate in French. The course will take place from May 3 to 24, 2021

Professor Contact Information

Nathalie Mondain
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Nathalie.Mondain@uOttawa.ca

Online Office hours: by appointment only

Course Outline

Taiwan (Taipei)

Taiwan, World Health & and the Global Care Chain - Course offered in English

Taiwan was the success story of 2020, being one of the few places in the world left mostly free of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite its exclusion from the World Health Organisation. The success was remarkable because it did not come at the expense of people’s civil rights. Two categories of the population proved very vulnerable: elderly people and the migrant workers hired to care for them. The welfare of these two groups is an important issue for public policy in both Canada and Taiwan.

The classes include lectures by 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, and its important cultural sites. Students will gain understanding of the stakes related to labour relations and immigration in a society where traditional gender relations change, and concerns over the upholding of national identity remain acute.

This course is offered in English to undergraduate students from May 10 to 28, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

André Laliberté
School of Political Studies
Andre.Laliberte@uottawa.ca

Online Office Hours: by appointment

Course Outline

France

Vivre ensemble et inclusion des personnes en situation de vulnérabilité

France (Gennevilliers & Rennes) Course offered in French

The central theme of the course is le vivre ensemble and inclusion of people in vulnerable situations. The objective is to offer students an opportunity to move to other locations different from those in which they grew up and are doing their studies. The course is based on collaboration, creativity, participation and reciprocity. We will meet researchers, practitioners -researchers, social and cultural workers, and citizens in two municipalities- Gennevilliers in the suburbs of Paris and Rennes in Bretagne. Students will be exposed to training, research and/or intervention projects that engage the people involved; that mobilize actors from different sectors to reflect and act on an inclusive and emancipatory “living together”.

This geographical (virtual) and cultural displacement opens up new learning on two horizons: learning at a distance from what is "normal" (which is self-evident in our understanding of the social world), “living together”. and; and learning close to (with) intervention environments facing the same issues in other local and national contexts. It is through exchange and discussion around different (and innovative) ways of doing research and intervening that students will conduct their own research projects.

An introduction to the course, the field and research will be co-facilitated by the professor and a French researcher who collaborates on local initiatives and citizen participation projects. During the two introductory sessions (end of March and April), students will work in teams to elaborate a research problem (related to an aspect of “living together” and inclusion), a research question and a methodology. In order to make reciprocity concrete, we will also identify local organizations and initiatives with the aim of presenting them to partners in France.

The three weeks of meetings and exchanges with training and intervention environments in Gennevilliers and Rennes (data collection) will lead the students to review their first questions in order to co-construct a research project that includes the perspective of the actors (stakeholders and people affected by the issue being studied). This research process will take place in groups and will be accompanied by the professor and l’intervenante-chercheure throughout the course, as well as by researchers and practitioners -researchers during mentoring sessions in Gennevilliers and Rennes.

The research and travel experience will be supported by regular debriefing sessions, sharing questions, discoveries, challenges and learning.

This course has been redesigned with the partners in order to preserve as much as possible its human and collective dimension despite its distance format.

This course is offered in French, to undergraduate students, from May 3 to 21, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

Professor Marguerite Soulière
School of Social Work
Marguerite.Souliere@uOttawa.ca 

Course Outline

Ottawa

Transgresser les frontières féministes (course offered in French)

Feminist movements have a major role in the struggle for social justice. Feminist academics are participating in this struggle, despite the fact that their knowledge is sometimes considered inaccessible or "too" elitist. The institutionalization of feminism by the creation of feminist studies departments, or even by state feminist structures, has made many say that there is now a split between "grassroot" and "professional" feminism. Even more, this institutionalization has increased the marginalization and exclusion of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC). However, many recall that it is important to get out of the “ivory tower” and to increase collaborations and spaces for sharing knowledge , practices and theorization. Moreover, the dichotomy between "theory" and "practice" is unproductive insofar as feminist knowledge is first constructed by and in feminist activism and struggles.

It is from this perspective that this field research course is oriented, which is intended to be a space to grasp different feminist themes in the context of their implementation. To do this, the course adopts both a theoretical and practical component, while encouraging a feminist "immersion,” by participating in the 2021 feminist summer festival.

The festival aims to be a place for sharing experiences and knowledge beyond academic silos, using a pedagogy of "feminist transgressions" (hooks, 2019). It is an innovative and collaborative platform, in French and in English, between academics, feminist practitioners, artists, activists and community organizers, mainly from Quebec and Ontario. Students will be invited to participate in this festival to better understand the issue of linking feminist knowledge and practices between academic, community and artistic spaces, particularly in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

This 6-credit field course will allow students to a better understanding of feminist praxis and its circulation. The magisterial part will be in French only, but the festival is bilingual.

This course is offered in French, to undergraduate students, from May 10 to 28, 2021.

Professor Contact Information

Leila Benhadjoudja
School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies
Lbenhadj@uOttawa.ca

Course Outline

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