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Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Other Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: Graduate, Non-Degree Seeking, PhD Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Research Methods in Indonesia

Summer 2018

Man on motorcycle in Indonesia

Students will gain hands-on experience with qualitative research by designing and conducting individual research projects, with the support and mentorship of the course instructor, Dr. Leslie Dwyer, and our partner organizations, Volunteers in Asia (VIA) and Sanata Dharma University. Students will participate in classroom discussions on research methodology with Dr. Dwyer, as well as meetings with VIA’s Indonesia Director, Ms. Elizabeth Rhoads, a Ph.D. candidate at King’s College, London. Students will also participate in a range of activities, including visits with local NGOs and community-based groups, Indonesian language lessons, trips to cultural sites, and guest lectures with Indonesian academics and activists. Indonesian graduate research assistants support program participants in planning and carrying out research activities. The program concludes with a public presentation of student work.

Jogjakarta is located in Central Java, Indonesia, and is renowned as Indonesia’s “city of students” and “city of the arts.” Students will have ample time to explore this fascinating city and pursue topics of particular interest to them. Past student research projects have explored a variety of issues, including Indonesian Islamic politics and inter-religious tensions, transnational feminist movements, the arts as an activist tool, the challenges facing Indonesia’s LGBTQI communities, environmental conflicts, reproductive justice, minority religious identity, and conflicts over land and labor rights.

Program Details

Dates of Course:
July 1 to July 27, 2018 (Arrive in Indonesia by Sunday, July 1, leaving the U.S. by Friday, July 29, 2018. Free to depart Indonesia Friday, July 27, 2018.) Students should book travel to Jogjakarta (airport code JOG).

Graduate Credits Offered: 6 credits for course

Two of the following courses:
  • CONF 610  Conflict Inquiry
  • CONF 695  Special Topics Electives
  • CONF 727  Ethnographic Methods for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • CONF 812  Qualitative Foundations: Social Sciences
  • CONF 813  Qualitative Foundations: Humanities

Eligibility
The 6-credit Indonesia Research Methods is open to all Mason and non-Mason undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students as a 3-credit course to non-students as a professional development seminar.

Housing
Small, modest guesthouse

Program Cost (Summer 2018): $4,800

Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Lodging for all nights of the course
  • 1 meal per day (breakfast)
  • In-country ground transportation for course related events
  • Cultural excursions
  • Entrance fees
  • Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Visa and Immunizations
  • Additional meals
  • Additional funds for personal expenses and meals
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting
TBD at the Metropolitan Building, Arlington Campus, Room 5183.  Remote participation will also be available.

Deadlines
Application Deadline:  Friday, May 4, 2018
Deposit Deadline:  Friday, May 18, 2018
Final Payment Due:  Friday, June 29, 2018

Contact Information

Director of Student Services and Field Experience
Lisa Shaw
lshaw2@gmu.edu
(703) 993-8079

Instructor
Dr. Leslie Dwyer
ldwyer2@gmu.edu

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/04/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2018 07/27/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.