977914 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Costa Rica24cp; availability: not offered to exchange and study abroad students
In-Country Study and Fieldwork Project (ICS & FP) 1 is the first part of the capstone in the Costa Rica major in the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. It entails two sessions of In-Country Study (ICS) at a UTS partner institution and reflective and research assessments about the host society. This subject is designed to enable students to live and study in another country and is guided by the principles of cultural immersion and reflection, inquiry-based learning and self-reliance. It fosters in students a capacity for critical reflection – in particular the ability to identify and question one’s cultural assumptions, values and beliefs, and thus to acknowledge and empathise with the perspectives of people from other cultures.
Experiential learning in a partner university and the assessments allow students to develop their intercultural capabilities via critical reflection on host and home culture(s). This subjects also scaffolds the learning and work toward a major project (to be completed in the second capstone subject) investigating an aspect of contemporary relevance for the host society. Students work with an academic supervisor to devise an appropriate topic for a project, engage with relevant secondary sources to deepen their understanding and conduct small-scale investigations using social science or humanities research methods.
Autumn session, Costa Rica
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