RARE 400: Radford Amazonian Research Expedition Pre-departure Seminar
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
Credit Hours: (2)
This course will include readings, discussions, and activities to prepare students for their RARE study abroad experience. Students and faculty will meet to discuss relevant readings on topics of interest for that year’s RARE trip(s). Students will also prepare their research methodology and timeline for the project they will be conducting on their RARE trip. Students will also be involved in activities to prepare them for visiting a foreign country and living in the intensive environment found in this study abroad experience.
Detailed Description of Course Content
This course will include readings, discussions and activities designed to prepare the student for their RARE study abroad experience. Topic areas will vary by faculty and student interest, as well as other relevant current events. Students will also prepare their research question or project goal, methodology, and timeline for the project they will be conducting on their RARE study abroad trip. Students will consult with the RARE faculty members leading their trip for assistance in the research process. Students may also work with faculty from their research subject area to aid in their research process. Final approval of the research subject and course of action will be by the RARE faculty leading the trip. Students will also be involved in activities to prepare them for visiting a foreign country and living in the intensive environment found in this study abroad experience.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Course delivery methods may include discussions, activities, short writing assignments and team building exercises.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:
Develop a research proposal and methodology to guide research activities in the Amazon.
Design data collection protocols and research timeline.
Describe and discuss research, cultural, and other issues related to the RARE experience.
Assessment measures may include writing assignments, presentations of research methodology and timeline, participation in group team building activities and discussions of relevant topics.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval