Women's Health & Community Well-Being: A Collaborative Ethnography in Del Carmen, Philippines

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About the Course

FACULTY: Robert L. Hawkins, BA, MPA, MA, PhD; McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies; Assistant Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program; McSilver Faculty Fellow


In this course, students will be an active part of an ongoing research study that includesimplementing interactive workshops and leading focus and discussion groups on women’s healthand resilience, reproductive health, domestic violence, and community economy development,among other issues. Students will be trained to work with local residents, conduct qualitativeinterviews, collect data, lead discussion groups using a curriculum, and fully engage with thecommunity. Students will acquire basic knowledge and skills for conducting communityevaluations and community needs assessments using community-based participatory action andcollaborative ethnographic techniques. The first two weeks of the course will be classroom-basedand dedicated to learning a curriculum focused on qualitative data collection in multiple forms,facilitation, and community engagement. Then the class will travel to the Philippines, where theywill be grouped into teams with locals, using a participant-observer strategy to gain intimatefamiliarity with people in their natural environment. The final sessions will include students andcommunity members in an analysis and goal priority setting process. Other strategies involvedwill be writing field notes, conducting one-on-one interviews, and qualitative data analysis.

  • Dates: July 5 - 21, 2020 (students will need to arrive at the Manila airport by 1pm in Terminal 3 on July 5) and may depart anytime on July 21. The mandatory predeparture dates in NYC on June 17, 22, 24, 29 and July 1. Dates are subject to some potential slight change.
  • Credits: 3 credits for Research II or as an elective
  • Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours. 16-month students can, however, take a Jterm global course the winter of their second year, when they are on the same schedule as the two year program.
  • Note on Summer Courses: Summer courses count toward summer credit. This may affect your financial aid needs for the year, and for graduating seniors may affect your graduation status. Make sure to check with financial aid and your academic advisor early on.

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  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • NYU Silver BSW students who will be seniors in Fall 2021
  • Graduating MSW students may participate in this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements and will also be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2020 (however, please note that official degree conferral will not occur until September 2020)
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition: Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar. 
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $64. Enrollment in GeoBlue insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course. The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Airfare to Manila and Del Carmen: $1,500, depending on booking date and departure location.
  • In-Country Expenses (accommodations, some meals, transportation): $1,500 (based on recent trips).
  • All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. The suggested amount to bring is $300.


  • The CDC is warning of enhanced prcations for polio in the Philippines. Polio vaccination should be recieved prior to travel (a booster for adults who were vaccinated as children; all three shots for those who did not receive childhood vaccination). For more information, please visit the CDC's webpage.

Global Program Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

This application closed on January 31, 2020

Philippines Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Application page.

This application closed on January 31, 2020



Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Global and Lifelong Learning /


Robert L. Hawkins
McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies; Assistant Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program