Study Ethnographic Field Methods Online this Summer

This year the Florence Ethnographic Field School is offering an online
summer course in ethnographic research methods for the social sciences:
students will receive a transcript from the University of Montana for
three undergraduate or graduate credits in Anthropology (ANTY 495 Field
Experience). The program fee has been reduced from €2800 euro to €2000
(approximately $2100) and there is no application fee. Applications will
be accepted until June 15th, but space is limited so early applications
are encouraged.

This is perfect for anthropology, geography, and sociology majors, or
any students interested in urban studies, Italy, or Europe. This one of
the most meaningful summers ever to study research methodology:
questions about research design, data collection, and data reporting
have leapt to the forefront of the world’s attention during the current

The course will be taught online by me, Dr. Zachary Androus, a US
anthropologist based in Florence since 2006. Unlike most other
anthropologists, I live and work permanently in my fieldsite, making
this a unique opportunity to work directly with an experienced
researcher. While you may not be able to travel this summer, you can
still enjoy the benefits of an international collaboration, as I share
my firsthand experience of living through the pandemic in one of the
countries that has been at the center of the world’s attention over the
last several months.

The course meets online from June 25 through July 29 and covers the
basic principles of scientific inquiry, research design,
participant-observation, interviewing, data analysis, and reporting
results through ethnographic writing, as well as ethics and
Institutional Review Boards. Readings are drawn from urban sociology,
anthropology, and critical responses to those fields, in addition to
ethnographic writing on urban Italy from the last five decades. Students
will complete an ethnographic project in their home communities, or
online in a virtual community, as public health conditions permit.
Throughout the course I use examples drawn from my own fieldnotes,
interviews, and analyses to give students look at what really goes into
ethnographic research. A syllabus, application, instructions, and more
information about the program is available from

More information and the application form are available from or by email directly to

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