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Vietnam Field School

Student Information Session

1pm, Friday 22 Sept

G12, AD Hope Building

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Field School 2018

ANTH2135/6135 The Vietnam Field School is ON for January 2018. The dates are January 2 -  January 24.

6 and 12 unit undergraduate options

6 and 12 unit postgraduate options

New Colombo Plan scholarships are available to undergraduates who are also Australian citizens.

The course is open to non ANU students enrolled in an Australian university, and to non-enrolled participants


Cross-institutional Applications

Bridge at Quang Binh, courtesy David LLoyd Photography.


ANTH2135/6135: Vietnam Field School


Cam Thanh.

The course will begin in the commune of Cam Thanh, near Hoi An, Quang Nam province, Central Vietnam. We will undertake a week and a half of structured study including morning classes, readings and tests on qualitative and basic quantitative field methodologies. Afternoons will be spent doing practical fieldwork and participant observation in a number of locations, including an organic farm, sustainable bamboo craft workshop, eco-tourism village and other sites. We will work with the co-operation of local government, businesses and NGOs.


Tay Giang.

After this guided introduction to fieldwork, we will travel to the highlands of Quang Nam, near the Lao border. There we will conduct further field based research in a Khatu ethnic minority district on issues such as cultural and ecotourism, sustainable agriculture, ethnic minority-state relations, and other issues. Our accommodation will be stilt houses in a Khatu village. Here we will also work with local government, schools and village leaders.


This course is based on small groups in which students support each other's learning and define research topics and sites for themselves, with the guidance of ANU and local staff who know the region intimately. It's a fantastic chance to learn what the practicalities of research in the field are really about!


Abi Rajkumar's brilliant video reflection on the 2015 school.

The Vietnam Field School is a long-term collaboration between the Fenner School of Environment and Society and the School of Archaeology and Anthropology. The school Abi went on was designed and facilitated by Dr Ashley Carruthers, a Vietnam specialist from SOAA. 21 undergraduate and postgraduate students are about to embark on the next voyage of discovery in Vietnam, led by Dr Carruthers.

The course will support student learning with trained interpreters and research facilitators and excellent classroom and conference facilities. We will use pleasant accommodation and convenient and safe transport throughout the trip.

Information sessions

Information sessions on the school will be held on:

Friday 22 Sept, G12, AD Hope

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