New Zealand: Fall 2012

New Zealand is known as a tourist haven and adventure capital of the world because of its majestic scenery and opportunities for extreme sports. At the same time, it markets itself as “100% Pure New Zealand”, encouraging its reputation as one of the “greenest” countries on earth. This cross-cultural program explores the social basis of a society that attempts to balance mass tourism and agriculture with an official commitment to protect its ecological treasures and cultural heritage. A significant environmental studies component of the trip will include 1) the unique ecology and natural history of New Zealand and 2) an examination of the economic, social, and political dimensions to sustainability in New Zealand. We will also examine the country’s strong movement in restorative justice and its religious and social foundation, including the contribution of Maori culture. Finally, we will explore broader Pacific island culture and examine immigration and development issues.


Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room and board plus $2,400 travel fee (cost may be adjusted due to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)
Semester Leaders: Jim Yoder, Biology Department, and Kathy Yoder
Enrollment: 20 students
Credits: 15 semester hours

Course Descriptions

CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science 3 SH
Students will gain a larger understanding of themselves and of their own culture through interaction on a daily basis with native Maori and Pakeha (people of European descent) culture, by living with host families, and by reflecting on their experiences and thoughts through a daily journal.

CCENV 203 Environment and Society in New Zealand 3 SH
Explores the New Zealand approach to broader sustainability issues including such topics as agriculture, food and trade policies, the threat of climate change and sea level rise, political and economic factors in environmental policy making, positive and negative impacts of tourism (and study abroad students!) and environmental justice issues related to ethnic or socio-economic classes, including Maori land disputes.

CCENV 210 Island Ecology and Conservation 3 SH
Students will study the basic ecology and natural history of the Pacific islands and New Zealand, particularly unique endemic species and ecosystems. We will also utilize as case studies various New Zealand strategies for addressing conservation issues such as invasive species, endangered species protection, and natural resource management that are often exacerbated on islands.

CCHIS 306 New Zealand History and Culture 3 SH
This course will focus on native Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand. Students will study the history and effects of colonialism in New Zealand and factors that have lead to the unique Maori/Pakeha cultural integration. Students will also learn basic Maori phrases and expressions and participate in cultural ceremonies.

CCREL 306 Christianity, Indigenous Religions and Restorative Justice in NZ 3 SH (CIW)
Students will studythe history and teachings of Christianity and indigenous religions in New Zealand, and their current role in a “post religious” country. The course will also focus on the restorative justice movement in New Zealand over the last 20 years, including contribution to its religious and social foundation from Maori culture and beliefs and New Testament teachings.

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