University of Technology Sydney

978123 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Latin Americas

24cp; availability: not offered to exchange and study abroad students



This subject is the second part of the capstone in the Latino Americas major in the BA in International Studies, which involves two sessions of study overseas at a UTS partner institution. In-country study is designed to enable students to experience living and studying 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 perspective of people from other cultures.

Through experiential learning in a partner university, and reflective and research assessments, the subject develops students' intercultural capabilities via critical reflection on host and home culture(s). Students build upon the work in ICS 1 and their continued exposure to and interaction with the host society to recognise the processual nature of intercultural learning. Students also continue their work with an academic supervisor to design and research a major mixed-methods project investigating an aspect of contemporary relevance for the host society.

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