STUDY ABROAD IN NEW ZEALAND: ADVENTURES IN CULTURE, HEALTH, & ENVIRONMENT with Arizona State University
May 12 - June 5, 2007
New Zealand is definitely one of the most impressively beautiful and diverse places on earth, with towering snow-capped mountains, massive temperate forests with unique wildlife, active volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs, and expanses of dramatic and peaceful South Pacific beaches. It is also culturally diverse and unique, as home to many Pacific island groups including the indigenous Maori. Our program will focus on inter-disciplinary perspectives on culture, health, and environment.
During the program we will travel much of the country, putting learning into action. During the first 5 days of the program we will be based in the stunning harbor city of Auckland. Then onto a 17-day field trip exploring both the North and South Islands by luxury coach and ferry, and rail experiencing New Zealandís famous culture, environment, and hospitality up close, ending in the beautiful southern city of Christchurch. Planned excursions and activities include: harbor trips, Maori and Pacific Island healing workshops, short-term farm and marae (traditional Maori) home stays, guided high country, rainforest, volcano, and coastal treks, geothermal exploring, and visiting parliament and hospital. The schedule is designed to support additional optional adventures as visiting Queenstown, the so-called adventure capital of the world (home to bungee jumping), and the chance to swim with dolphins or whale watch.
The cost of the program fee for 2007 is $2,995 (subject to possible change), which covers all accommodation, excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation, and about half of all meals. Tuition (6-9 credit hours), ASU admissions fees, airfare (approximately $1500), remaining meals, and personal expenses are additional.
The program is suitable for students from all majors, and no prior knowledge is assumed or required. Students select 6 or 9 credit hours. Planned course options include:
SSH 100 / ASB 294: Introduction to Global Health (3)
SSH 403 / ASB 494: Cross-cultural Studies in Global Health (3)
ASB 311: Women in Other Cultures (3)
ASB 324: Peoples of the Pacific (3)
ASB 462: Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health (3)
Also available are options for independent studies, research, and internships related to culture, environment, and health issues. Some courses include a service learning component; all courses are highly experiential, and get us out and about as much as possible.
Applications with a $275.00 non-refundable deposit are due on or before February 5, 2007. Applications will be processed in order of their receipt. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
The program is directed by Anthropologist Alexandra Brewis Slade who has taken some 1,000 students to the South Pacific - including New Zealand - on study aboard programs over the last five years.
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