2024 ADVANCED ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS
EIGHT WEEK COURSE INCLUDING 6 WEEKS IN THE FIELD
OPTIONAL ADD-ON 2 WEEK FIELD WORK EXTENSION
MAY 13 - 30 [REQUIRED RESEARCH PREPARATION ONLINE]
JUNE 1 - JULY 13 [FIELD WORK ON ISLA MUJERES]
APPLICATION + TUITION DEADLINE APRIL 1
$500 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED TUITION IF PAID IN FULL BY MARCH 1
$4750 USD FOR SINGLE ROOM LODGING
DOUBLE ROOM REDUCED LODGING RATES AND AVAILABILITY TBA
LODGING LOCATION TBA
The Advanced Ethnographic Method Session is an 8 week long intensive ethnographic training and independent research session.
During the course of the session, each student will attend lectures on theory, methods, ethics and practice, conduct independent research, prepare a curriculum vitae, a *Journal* styled article of their research findings (and abstract), prepare a *conference* styled condensed version of their journal article (and abstract) and participate in other professional skill building training, such as ethics in anthropological field research and representations.
The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Advanced Methods Session is eight weeks long, but will begin with long one-on-one discussions to develop the students research ideas and proposal prior to the 8 weeks. These discussions can begin as soon as the student is accepted into the program. We encourage early applications so that we have more time to design a great project, which saves lots of time while “on the ground” in the field.
Students will begin formal lectures and discussion online May 15th through May 31st, the day before they arrive on the island. The next six weeks will be dedicated to field research and regular research team meetings (a couple per week), as well as group meetings with all teams and their members.
There are three key aspects to scholarly ethnography: Know -- Do -- Share
Know your methods and the various social and ethical subjects surrounding them.
Demonstrate that you know how to put these methods into practice for good data collection.
Communicate your findings to others (the peoples whom you conducted research with, your peers and your academic community) through ethnographic representation.
The methods course will strive to help each student reach these three goals.
This introduction to the collection of qualitative data using ethnographic methods will involve a substantial exercise in participant observation and other ethnographic methodological techniques designed and carried out by each student during the session. This will be the basis for discussion in seminar of the conceptual, practical and ethical issues of fieldwork, and for brief written reports by which the course will be assessed.
The Advanced Methods Session will teach students how to prepare for and conduct ethnographic fieldwork. Preparation for field research includes learning about ethics in human subjects research, understanding emic vs. etic perspectives, establishing rapport, awareness of the politics of representation, and the importance of reflexivity in 'writing culture.'
We will discuss changing ideas about 'the field' in anthropological fieldwork, and new topics and sites for ethnographic research. We will also read and discuss excerpts from the fieldwork accounts of highly acclaimed anthropologists.
At the end of the course, students should:
Be able to carry out research using participant observation as well as other ethnographic methodological techniques, such as open ended and directed interviewing.
Be reflexive about the conduct of qualitative research, and be able to assess critically other pieces of research carried out in ethnographic research.
Be aware of the main ethical and theoretical issues raised in their Ethnographic Research.
Be able to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the various ethnographic techniques.
Be able to link ethnographic methods to particular types of theoretical insight
Be able to communicate knowledge gained about ethnographic methods and about the results of your ethnographic research project.
Assessment will be made into a portfolio of work produced from the students' practical projects, including samples of field notes, a reflexive assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, etc.
The Tuition + Application Deadline for Advanced Methods Session One is April 1 2024
A $500 discount is available for Early Bird Tuition paid in full by March 1 2024.
Each 8 week Methods Practicum Session is $4,750USD per student for Single Room Occupancy at and includes class materials and private lodging.
Double Room Occupancy rates and availability will be announced
Please Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for payment options.
Tuition does not include your transportation (flights, taxis and ferry ride to the island).
Our basic housing for the field school is included in student tuition costs. Double occupancy rooms will be offered at a reduced if available.
If you apply and are accepted to join the field school -- pay your tuition in full by March 1 for the Advanced Methods Session and receive a $500 Tuition Discount
ADVANCED METHODS PROGRAM OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Advanced Methods students may start a week early, and also add a week on the tail-end of the program if they wish
Add-On Tuition: $400 USD per week
If you would prefer more on-island field work time, discuss this with Dr. Pierce directly at info@@AnthroFieldSchool.com
PADI Open Water Dive Certification: $500USD
Guided Whale Shark Excursion: $150USD
Day trip excursions to various Yucatan Mayan Ruins and Cenotes: $80 - $800USD
HEALTH PROTOCOLS AND HOW TO PREPARE
Students are required to follow all local health recommendations, if applicable
Each IFS student will be responsible for bringing the equipment they will need for the field school:.
Field Research Bag (small backpack, soft shoulder briefcase or courier bag)
Scratch Note Pads
Camera -- Smartphone
Audio Recording Device
Local Cell Phone or Mexico Plan
Student’s lodging (food is not included) is covered in the cost of IFS Tuition, but you will want to venture out to enjoy all that Isla Mujeres offers -- there are a lot of great restaurants on the island. When not doing field research, attending lectures or writing up field notes, we suspect you might want to enjoy the stunning beaches and energetic nightlife here on the island.
You will trade your home-country currency in for pesos when you arrive, or withdraw as pesos from an ATM..
Typical Dinner Out =~ $20 US
Typical Lunch Out =~ $7-$10 US
Delicious Taco in The Colonias =~ .80 US
Cup of Coffee in Centro =~ $2 US
Golf Cart Rental for One Day =~ $75 US
Moto Rental for One Day =~ $30 US
Taxi to and from Airport =~ $100 US (expect $65 coming to Isla, $30 going back)
Ultramar Ferry from Cancun =~ $16 US Round Trip
Local Island Taxi =~ Roughly $2 to $7 US
Coca Cola from a =~ $1 US
Typical Beer =~ $3 US at a bar
Custom Made Pinata =~ $30 US