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Overview of the Fiji Expedition

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Dr. Loretta Cormier, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, gives a detailed overview of the 2010 Fiji Expedition. This overview, coming from a cultural anthopologist's prespective, is especially insightful. Go to for the "Virtual Field Trip." >
Extension Activities

Additional Resources

The U.S. Deptartment of State Website about Fiji

CIA The World Factbook Fiji

Additional themes in the UAB Fiji library

Overview of UAB in Fiji

Archaeology in Fiji

Children in Education

Fijian Folkways

Fijian Food

The Garbology Project

Gender Roles

Weather and Climate Change


Alabama Course of Study

Social Studies (2004)

Grade(s): 9-12
1.) Describe the development of sociology as a social science field of study.
• Identifying important figures in the field of sociology
Examples: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, W. E. B. Du Bois
• Identifying characteristics of sociology
Examples: functional integration, power, social action, social structure, culture
2.) Identify methods and tools of research used by sociologists.
Examples: surveys, polls, statistics, demographic information, case studies, participant observation, program evaluation
3.) Describe how values and norms influence individual behavior.
• Comparing ways in which cultures differ, change, and resist change
• Comparing the use of various symbols within and across societies
Examples: objects, gestures, sounds, images
5.) Describe how environment and genetics affect personality.
Examples: self-concept, nature versus nurture, temperament
7.) Describe types and characteristics of groups.
Examples: social stratification, gender roles
• Explaining the significance of a social class
Examples: status ascription versus achievement, intergenerational social mobility, structural occupational change
• Identifying the importance of group dynamics
Examples: size, leadership, decision making
• Identifying differences between the terms race and ethnicity
9.) Identify the need for and purpose of social systems and institutions.
Examples: schools, churches, voluntary associations, governments
• Describing origins and beliefs of various religions
11.) Contrast population patterns using the birth rate, death rate, migration rate, and dependency rate.
• Identifying the impact of urbanization
• Describing the depletion of natural resources
• Projecting future population patterns


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