This advanced research seminar offers the opportunity for the student to design an anthropological research project similar to the type encountered in anthropology graduate programs. The project allows for detailed study of a society of the world, including its culture, politics, economy, world view, religion, expressive practices, and historical transformations. The initial sessions will explore issues central to the concerns of contemporary anthropology. In the second half of the course, students will look at how anthropologists frame their mode of inquiry, how research parameters are developed and how one goes about conducting background research in preparation for fieldwork. Each student will be asked to do a thorough review of the literature applicable to their location and topic and write at least a 25-30 page paper that will frame their future research, as well as commenting on and critiquing each others work.