This study abroad program will examine the natural (and related social) history and environmental conservation of the North Island of New Zealand and North Queensland, Australia. Our program will focus on topics related to sustainable management (sustaining human societies and the natural environment in industrialized nations) through educational travel, field trips, active participation, lecture presentations, seminars, and coursework exercises. Students will take part in lectures and research projects occurring on the coast of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, and on the Great Barrier Reef, the remote Outback and the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. Sustainable management is critical to the ecosystems found in each. The course integrates Australian and New Zealand land and marine management policies with cultural and historical practices of the indigenous people who occupy each of these areas. The course also explores the role of tourism in the New Zealand and Australian economies, and how tourism and its impacts can be sustained to minimize impacts on cultural and natural resources.
RCLS 4123 Study Abroad in International Sustainability
Accommodations & Meals:
Students will be housed in a variety of shared accommodation styles including budget hotel rooms, hostels, "marae style" sleeping arrangement where all students are in one open space, and family homes (during homestay). Students are responsible for the majority of their own meals.
Opportunities to explore natural environments such as the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest
Opportunities to see native wildlife
Exposure to Aboriginal and Maori cultures
Local guest lecturers in Marine Biology, Rainforest Ecology, and Cultural Anthropology
Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day