Australia: Gold Coast, Queensland and 2 other cities
May 26 - June 17, 2012
Australia has a beautiful and arid landscape, and unique plants and animals that defied the comprehension of early European observers. But Australian Aborigines, representing the longest continuous cultural tradition in the world, adapted to the unique conditions across Australia over some 40 - 60,000 years, developing technologies, religion and lifeways completely tied to the land. Two hundred years of colonization and more recent processes of urbanization and globalization have brought massive environmental, social and political changes to the continent with critical implications for its future sustainability.
Developed as a collaboration between ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change and School of Sustainability, this transdisciplinary program draws on a very wide range of fields (such as anthropology, geography, archaeology, political science, ecology, biology, recreation management, sustainability, urban studies and agriculture) to explore human dimensions of sustainability--past, present and future.
This 6-credit-hour traveling program is based in eastern Australia, and we spend 23 days exploring the cities, coasts and the outback of this remarkable country. We explore the tropical climes of Cairns, Brisbane and Queensland, visiting the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, rainforests, the stunning and stark outback and fabulous coastal reefs. Our program ends in the wonderful city of Sydney. We spend most of our time in experiential activities out of the classroom, exploring case studies in this fascinating country first-hand. The schedule is designed also to support additional optional adventures on free days. Senior ASU faculty direct the program and accompany the group.
The program is suitable for undergraduate students at any level, as no specific background in any of these fields is assumed. Courses fulfill General Studies and Science and Society requirements, and prerequisites are usually waived. Graduate students also can be accommodated with graduate course credit
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
2011 cost was: USD 3,495(subject to change)
The estimated program fee for 2011 for the Australia program is USD 3,495,(subject to change) and covers all accommodation, excursions, cultural events, activities, program-related ground transportation and some group meals. Tuition (6 credit hours at normal ASU rates), international airfare (approximately USD 1,300), incidentals and remaining meals are additional.
The estimated additional program fee for the Fiji option is USD 1,295 (covering in-country transport, activities and most meals), plus USD 150 additional for the flight. Tuition (3 credit hours) is also additional.
Independently or in Groups
in Groups of Varies