Field Studies seminars are one-term courses that study a particular theme or research topic. The seminar also lays the groundwork for a one- or two-week, faculty-led research trip in which you conduct fieldwork, visit museums, and engage in other educational activities. The trips are scheduled during the vacation periods, and the destinations are often overseas. Upon your return to campus, you prepare a written report based upon your course work, research and experiences.
Example of a past Field Study conducted by Prof. Michael Watson
“Cultural heritage and innovation in contemporary China and Japan” was the theme for a field trip to China in September. We stayed one week in Beijing, seeing key heritage sites, cultural institutions (museums, art galleries, theatres), and modern areas of interest, making a day-trip to the Great Wall. Two full days were spent on the campus of Tsinghua University, having discussions with Chinese students about topics prepared during the Field Study seminar. The aim was to understand the significance of cultural heritage in both China and Japan.
Example of a past Field Study conducted by Prof. Yoshii Atsushi
My Field Study visited the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, and the International Court in The Hague. We used these sites as source materials on WWII period crimes against humanity in order to examine international rules and processes for addressing human rights violations by states and individuals. The schedule for this year is not yet set, but we may visit sites in Asia that reflect these themes.