This year-long seminar is for first-year students. It begins immediately after matriculation with special sessions in which each student presents his or her research plan. These sessions are followed by a series of lectures by the faculty members on their fields of specialization. Lectures are followed by discussion. Then, in the third part of the seminar, students present their research proposals. Participation in this seminar is intended to heighten awareness of issues raised by students' research plans and prepare students for fieldwork.