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Introducing a new intensive summer course, ideal for students in sociology and anthropology interested in the urban context or in contemporary Europe.

You will be supported through the development of your own original research project and trained in practical fieldwork:
sampling, fieldnotes, interviewing, data management, and more!

people A unique opportunity to learn ethnographic theory and method onsite in one of the world's archetypal cities!

Florence, Italy is an international, multiethnic community that offers a virtually unlimited range of potential research topics.


The 2017 program will run from July 3 through July 26, with two preliminary meetings online the week before departure.

A small class size guarantees the full support of the professor during your time in the field. Limited spots are available, don't wait!

Click here to apply! Contact if you have any questions.

More Information About...
Your Professor:

Zachary T. Androus, PhD


That's me with my buddy Grey the Mime, and in my workshop. I've gotten to know Grey, and lots of other local characters, by living and doing ethnographic research in the heart of the historic city center for over ten years, four of which I spent doing participant-observation working as a goldmsith in the artisan district. I'll take you as deep into the life of the city as you could ever want to go! Other courses I've taught in Florence include:

- Anthropology of Contemporary Italy

- Florence as a Global City

- Sport and Culture in Contemporary Italy

- Anthropology of Fashion

- Intercultural Communication
The Course:

The course meets four days a week for four weeks (45 hours equivalent to 3 credits) and is based on an ethnographic project of your own design. I will guide you through the process of situating your proposed research in the existing literature, selecting an appropriate method, gathering and managing your data, and carrying out the appropriate method of data analysis. Our point of reference is the rich ethnographic literature on urban Italy.

We will cover:

- ethnographic sampling

- how to take and use fieldnotes

- participant-observation

- ethnographic interviewing

- social science approaches to qualitative and quantitative data

- writing up your results

View a sample syllabus with reading list here

View the Policies and Procedures here
Dates and Fees:

Deadline Extended!
May 31:
Last day to apply! Don't wait!

June 9: Payment due

June 27, 29: Online pre-departure meetings

July 3-26: Course meets in Florence. (Housing will be provided from July 1 to July 31).

$2,575 includes tuition and housing in shared apartments. Special introductory price for 2017 only!

What's not included:
* transportation to and from Florence

* food (but apartments feature equipped kitchens)

* mandatory insurance coverage (see application for details)

* equipment, typically a laptop and some way to record interviews