This course aims at giving students a chance to apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge they have learned from various courses to real world issues. Depending upon the field site, the issues, which the course will focus on, will range from poverty alleviation, health care, disability, refugees and displaced populations, migrants, good governance, disaster management, gender issues, discrimination against minorities, humanitarian action, children at risk, marine and terrestrial resources management, environmental protection and climate change adaptation.
Prior to departure seminars will be organised on field research methods. The context and issues to be examined will be introduced. Students are expected to be responsible participant-observers, identifying how local NGOs, community organizations, government agencies and the business sector deal with the issues under study. After completing fieldwork, students will be asked to prepare, individually or in teams, video or other multimedia presentations highlighting their findings. A course instructor will accompany and guide the students, as needed and required.
Students will also have to submit individual, reflective comments on this experience.