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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

New Field Courses

New for 2018!

All single honours Anthropology / Health and Human Science students joining us as first years from 2017-18 will undertake a residential fieldwork module at Level 2. Joint honours students will have anthropology fieldwork as an option.

Building on our successful South Africa Field Course the first new Field Courses will take place in September 2018. Our students will be working in Coll (an island in the Hebrides), Volos (a coastal city in Greece), and Sri Lanka (in partnership with students from Colombo University), as well as at the Lajuma Field Station in South Africa. Although the exact Field Course locations will vary from year to year, we anticipate that the 2018 locations will be available to students in September 2019 (i.e. to students who join us as first year undergraduates in 2018-19).

The Field Courses last around 10 days and will normally take place in the final two weeks in September, just before the start of the new academic year (i.e. just before you return to Durham to begin Level 2). If you decide to study Anthropology at Durham, you will need to keep these two weeks free!

During your time on the Field Course, you will put into practice the knowledge you gained in the Level 1 Doing Anthropological Research module. You will learn some of the skills needed for successful participant observation and ethnography, as well as collect numerical data that you can then analyse to test hypotheses. Having real-life experience of varied anthropological methods will help you decide what you would like to research in your Level 3 dissertation, as well as give you important specialist and transferable skills that employers value.

You will not have to pay extra fees to participate in the fieldwork module since these will be funded by the University, although some sites (e.g. South Africa and Sri Lanka) may require a top-up payment from you (mainly to cover the difference in airfare). If you are a joint honours students, you will be funded provided you are not undertaking funded fieldwork in your other Department.

We think we are the only UK Anthropology Department to offer a funded residential fieldwork module for all single honours students!

2018 destinations