|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- 1. Students will practice cultural relativism as it applies to the people of Belize.
- 2. Students will learn how to critically analyze and interpret historic and prehistoric data from Belize.
- 3. Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
|Description - |
|Investigation of a specific culture of the world, in this case Belize, in which the student group is conducting research. Covers archaeological and historical past of these cultures. Explores the diversity within each culture. Uncovers the dynamics of power relationships within the culture in ancient and modern contexts. Examines politics, economics, religion, and social development in the culture area.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Acquire theoretical and practical insight into topic.
- Assess complexities and patterns of culture area covered.
- Examine topics using anthropological methodologies.
- Achieve enhanced and mature analytical abilities.
- Improve research and/or information gathering assessment ability.
- Synthesize data acquired in the field.
- Critically analyze data.
- Develop and implement a research design.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|None required. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Background reading on culture area using current textbooks and relevant reading on the historical and anthropological background of the culture.
- Description of research designs by anthropologists working in the culture area.
- Assessments of field work using current methods and theories pertinent to the culture area.
- Student implementation of field or laboratory methods to study culture area using methodologies currently used by scholars working in the region.
- Individual and group analysis work pertaining to the culture area via weekly reporting.
- Weekly discussions of research papers in the field.
- Preparation of final report and oral presentation on culture area.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Oral presentations on culture area.
- Cooperative group assignments designed to initiate field work.
- Final field notes and summary report.
- Final Exam.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|McKillop, Heather. The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives. W.W. Norton, 2006. |
Awe, Jaime. One Hundred and One Questions on the Maya. Print Belize, Belmopan, 2005.
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture and classroom discussion on major topics.
- Field research component.
- Laboratory component.
- Brief write-up and analysis demonstrating original work and critical thinking.
- Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
|Lab Content - |
- Field lab at program site. The field lab concept includes intercultural experience, interaction, and assessment of methods. The lab becomes the structured experience in which the professor guides the student.
- Examples for the country of Belize:
- A corn harvest
- Traditional healing with a shaman
- Learning the indigenous dance and music
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
|Examples of college level assignments include: |
- Cultural survey and critical analysis of data for presentation.
- Final essay critiquing the research experience.
- Required textbooks covering the region both past and present.