Social Anthropology is introducing the multicultural culture of the island of Bali to Norwegian students.

One of the annual programs of the Social Anthropology Study Program in collaboration with Go Study has just wrapped up. It was called Social Anthropology 2024. This program is made up of lectures for foreign students, with nine students from Norway expected to attend in 2024. The lecture will introduce the science of anthropology and also the culture of the people of the island of Bali. Some of the best lecturers in the field, including Prof. Drs. I Made Suastra, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. A A. Ngr. Anom Kumbara, M.A., Prof. Dr. I Made Netra, S.S., M.Hum., Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Darma Putra, M.Litt., Dr. Purwadi Soeriadiredja, M.Hum., and Dr. I Made Bayu Ariwangsa, S.S., M.Par., M.Rech will be teaching the lectures.

As part of the Social Anthropology event, students have the chance to take part in a field trip, which is a practical assignment designed to help them get to grips with anthropology field methods. The field trip was a two-day event from May 2nd to May 3rd, 2024. We chose two villages, Penglipuran and Pegayaman, for the field trip. There was also a session on the history of Buleleng, the city where they were staying. During the 9th Field Trip event, the 9 Norwegian students who were also accompanied by 5 Cultural Anthropology students from Udayana University, apart from making observations, also interacted with the local community. This shows how an anthropologist goes about gathering field data.

One of the best things about social anthropology activities is that they not only provide classroom material, but also field experience. The field trip put together by the Social Anthropology committee isn't just for tourists. It also invites participants to become researchers. So that participants can get to know the community and conduct interviews in a relaxed, informal setting. This program also gives you a good idea of the culture of the island of Bali, which is very multicultural. You can see this in the locations of Penglipuran Village, which represents Hindu culture, and Pegayaman village, which represents Islamic culture in Bali. We’re really hoping this program will be a great experience for the nine Norwegian female students, and that they’ll have lots of interesting stories to share when they get back home. (drd)