Regional Area Study Australia
|Program Focus:||Country Study|
|Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended.|
BIO 100: Perspectives in Biology
ENVS 160: Intro to Environmental Studies
HIST 328: The British Empire
SOAN 110: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
SOAN 306: Social Permaculture
SOAN 260: Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Adjunct Professor of English
The history of Australia, the world’s smallest continent and largest island, has been molded by its aboriginal population and diverse geography as well as by emigration from Europe (especially the British Isles) and Asia. Over the last two hundred years it has grown into a multicultural society with ninety percent of its population living in urban areas.
This physically and intellectually rigorous program pays particular attention to the role of the environment, immigration, and settlement in shaping Australia’s history and society.
Students participating in the program will become acquainted with the diversity of Australian cultures, Australia’s place in the British Empire from the early penal colonies through its participation in the two World Wars, its relations with the rest of the Pacific Rim, and the historical and contemporary dynamics of Australian ecosystems.
Based in Brisbane, study focuses on the history, literature, culture, natural history, marine biology, and contemporary issues of Australia’s urban coasts. Includes excursions to Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, and other locations of ecological and ethnic importance. Students live in hostels, tents, and with host families.
IS 240 and 241 fulfill the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement. BIO 115 fulfills the Math & Natural Sciences Category A laboratory requirement (except for Mathematics & Computer Science majors).
4 courses per semester/16 credits
IS 240: Area Study: Australia (4 credits):
Traces the major developments in Australia’s history from its initial settlement by the aboriginal people through European colonization and into the present. Emphasis is on the events that played a major role in shaping contemporary Australian society and Australia’s current relationships with East Asia, the United States, and the British Commonwealth. Topics include Australian literature, non-indigenous art, exploration and settlement, military history, and political and social institutions.
IS 241: Contemporary Australia (4 credits):
Provides insight into important contemporary social issues, including population demographics, multiculturalism, gender issues, treatment of indigenous peoples, family and youth issues, crime and violence.
IS 242: Aboriginal Studies (4 credits):
Investigations of the evolution of human society in Australia, cultural diversity among indigenous peoples, social organization, ceremonies and art, spiritual life, material culture, gender roles, and relationship to the land.
BIO 115: Explorations in Regional Biology: Australia:
Field and marine biology and flora of eastern Australia. Includes study of rainforests, eucalyptus forests, fire ecology, coral reef ecology, and animal behavior field studies.
Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:
The Australia program provides unique opportunities for students who are interested in ecology, in environmental, cross-cultural and imperial history, and in ethnic studies; it also offers a comparative perspective on democratic political institutions, Pacific Rim international relations, and socialized health care. As such, the program is attractive to students majoring in Biology, Environmental Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, History, Political Science, International Affairs, Economics, Communications, and Psychology.