New Zealand: May – June 2010

New Zealand markets itself as tourist haven and adventure capital of the world because of its majestic scenery and opportunities for extreme sports. However it also claims to be one of the “greenest” countries on earth. This program explores the social basis of a society that attempts to balance mass tourism with an official commitment to protect the environment and its cultural heritage. We will ask ourselves what we might learn from New Zealand that could help us relate more sustainably with our environment.

The program will have two themes—cultural and environmental. The cultural studies will center around homestays and the book, “The Sociology of Everyday Life in New Zealand,” that will provide the lenses through which we will interact with our hosts and experience life in general. While time will be spent in both urban and rural areas, the majority of the stay will be in the mountainous and agricultural environments of the South Island.

The environmental studies component will ask students to focus on specific environmental issues and apply them to their particular interests and fields of study. For example, environmental science majors may wish to focus on conservation, National Park management or agricultural issues, while economics majors might study the impact of tourism. Still other students may want to focus on peace or environmental justice issues related to ethnic or socio-economic classes, including Maori land disputes. These are just a few of the possibilities. This program is open to all EMU students, as we foster an understanding of the variety of sustainability issues facing New Zealand society.

Estimated Cost: $6500 (subject to change)
Seminar Leaders: Jim and Kathy Yoder
Courses: CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science (3 SH); CCENV 183 Environmental Science and Society in New Zealand (3 SH)

Recommended Immunizations

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at the EMU Health Center by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.