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ANTH 3112 6.0 - Acquiring Research Skills: Greece

ANTH 3112 6.0 - Acquiring Research Skills: Greece

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ANTH 3112 6.0 - Acquiring Research Skills: Greece

Ethnographic fieldwork involves very particular dilemmas. What usable knowledge can we acquire through our own experiences and encounters “in the field”? How can we, as both researchers and fellow human travellers, navigate the ethical, emotional, and epistemological complexities of doing research with and about people?

This course will provide students with a theoretical and practical toolbox for designing, conducting, and writing up ethnographic research projects. We will give particular attention to research design, data collection, questions of ethical practice, note taking and documentation, and finally, data analysis and “writing up”. Readings will illustrate the possibilities and limits of various methodologies and supplement theoretical discussions.  

Students will have the opportunity to design a research project in consultation with the instructor, and to conduct their own ethnographic fieldwork during an intensive four-month research trip to Athens, Greece. Upon returning from Athens, each student will prepare and submit a research-based ethnographic work and will present a conference-style paper or poster.

Site Visits and Excursions

  • Walking tour of Athens
  • Food tour of Athens
  • The Acropolis
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Concert(s)
  • And more!

Course Details


Athens, Greece

Course Director

Prof. Othon Alexandrakis, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology (

Course Dates

May 8 - 19, 2023 at York; May 29 - June 24, 2023 in Athens.


A minimum of one 1000 and one 2000 level Anthropology course.

Maximum Enrolment

18 students

Program Fee

The program fee for this course is $2,300 CAD, based on 18 students (subject to change based on final number of students).

Included in Program Fee

  • 26 nights’ accommodation in shared apartments (between 3-6 students in each) provided by our partner College Year Athens
  • Access to all facilities at CYA Academic Centre—classrooms, study spaces, library, laundry room, and CYA support staff
  • Transportation
  • Excursions and site visits
  • Welcome and farewell group dinners
  • Professor-related costs and incidentals.

Not Included in Program Fee

  • Return flights Toronto-Athens (approx. $1000 CAD)
  • Tuition payable to York University
  • Guard.Me Travel Insurance
  • Food and spending money
  • Cost of Visa if one is required for your country of citizenship.

Learn More

For more information, students can connect with LA&PS Study Abroad Coordinator (