New Zealand: June 1 – July 15, 2015


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 the unique ecology and natural history of New Zealand and the examination of the economic, social, and political dimensions to sustainability in New Zealand.

The cultural studies will center on significant homestays with native Maori and Pakeha, both in urban and rural settings. Students will learn history and culture as well as basic Maori phrases and expressions. We will also explore the strong movement in restorative justice and reconciliation that is being pioneered in New Zealand and its religious and social foundation, including the contribution of Maori culture and beliefs and the role of the small but vibrant Christian communities in this secular, “post religious” country.

Estimated Cost: $7,800 (subject to change)
Seminar Leaders: Jim Yoder , Biology Department, and Kathy Yoder
Enrollment: 20 students

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, staying on maraes, and by reflecting on their experiences and thoughts through a daily journal. Students will also study the history and effects of colonialism in New Zealand and factors that have lead to the unique Maori/Pakeha cultural integration.

CCENV 210 Conservation and Sustainability in New Zealand (3 SH)
Students will study the basic ecology and natural history of 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. We will also explore New Zealand’s approach to broader sustainability issues including such topics as agriculture, food and trade policies, the threat of climate change, 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.


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