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Australia Summer (Psychology)

 

Semester: Summer
Date: Mid-May to early July
Offered: Summer 2017

Program

Focus:

General Culture with a Psychology emphasis and internship experience
Prerequisites: PSY 100, 200, 300 and Junior or Senior class standing; or PSY 100 and consent of leader.  
Summer 2017 Program Leader: Yueping Zhang
Associate Professor of Psychology
yzhang@lclark.edu
ext. 7646

Program Design:
The history of Australia, the world’s smallest continent and largest island, has been molded from afar by the British and the western world and by its own diverse geography and aboriginal population.  Over the last two hundred years it has grown into a multicultural society with 90 percent of its population living in urban areas.

Students participating on the program will observe and participate in human and social services programs that exist within a context of socialized medicine—a system that, according to many of those it serves, works well.

This program will focus on history, culture and psychology in contemporary Australia. The program’s location is the urban coast area of Brisbane, Queensland, where students will live with Australian host families. The program begins with 2 weeks of academic sessions in a lecture/discussion format and continues with a 5-week internship in a social service agency of interest.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills 4 credits of the 8 credit international studies general education requirement.

Credits:
2 courses /8 credits

Curriculum:

IS 290: Australian Area Study:

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.

PSY 345: Internship:

Applied field learning experience and exposure to psychologically oriented occupations in Brisbane. Building human relations skills; becoming acquainted with important human service institutions and their social impact in an environment of socialized health and human services. Theoretical, cross-cultural and practical frameworks for intervention. Internship opportunities may include drug and alcohol treatment programs, women’s resource centers, community aftercare for psychiatric patients, programs for the elderly, and HIV/AIDS support services.

PLEASE NOTE: If a student has attended the spring LC program, and wishes to apply to remain in Australia for the summer Australia LC program, the student may not repeat the Area Study course.  The student must apply to be allowed to complete an independent study on a different topic in place of IS-290.

This option would only be offered to students who have completed the Area Study course on a previous Australia program, and will only be allowed if the instructor is available to oversee the independent study.  The option may not be available in all years.

Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:

Recommended Courses:

     HIST 328: The British Empire

     SOAN 110: Intro to Cultural Anthropology

     SOAN 100: Intro to Sociology  

Program Comments:
The history of Australia, the world’s smallest continent and largest island, has been molded from afar by the British and the western world and by its own aboriginal population and diverse geography. Over the last two hundred years it has grown into a multicultural society with 90 percent of its population living in urban areas.

Students participating on the program will observe and participate in human and social services that exist within a context of socialized medicine—a system that, according to many of those it serves, works well.

 

Australia Summer (Psychology)

Blog Feed: Australia

  • November 16, 2017 at 7:46pm
    I’m very excited about my upcoming time in Australia. I’m beyond stoked to be immersed in a new culture, and to be in a completely different environment. The place I am most excited to visit is Tasmania. In all honesty, I have no idea what to expect, but that’s all apart of the adventure. The […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:35pm
    Of all the places we will travel on our adventure in Australis, I am most excited about seeing the Great Barrier Reef! I grew up listening to David Attenborough talk about coral neighbors and box jellyfish on the reef and answering the  “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  question with ‘marine […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:35pm
    Going to Australia, there are so many places to see, but one particular area that I can’t wait to experience is the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve been fascinated with the ocean and the ecology of it for my entire life, with a dream of seeing the Great Barrier. As this ecosystem is changing, I feel […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:33pm
    Hello, I’m Amelia and I am one on the students attending the Spring 2018 Australia Biology Trip. Now it’s time for… Everyone’s favorite writing assignment: What is one place you look forward to visiting on your trip?  I am very excited to visit Tasmania.  We talked about the devils in class freshman year and I […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:32pm
    When I think of Australia I am overwhelmed with the possibilities for biodiversity and diverse landscapes. I am so excited to explore it all. It is really hard to choose just one spot. But if I had to pick just one, I would say the Great Barrier reef. This is the place that I have […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:31pm
    I am most excited to visit the rainforests of Queensland. I have traveled to many places in my life, but I have never experienced a tropical rainforest ecosystem.  I am excited to get out of my comfort zone, and experience a new culture for such a long time. I am also very excited to see so many […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:31pm
    Australia is like no place I’ve ever been, so honestly I’m excited to go anywhere and everywhere. The Blue Mountains, Sydney, the beach, I’m excited to eat breakfast in the dining hall or sit on my host family’s couch with some vegemite. However one place I’m particularly excited to see is Tasmania! Hopefully we’ll see […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
    I am traveling to Australia in the Spring of 2018, and I want to visit Kangaroo Island and Melbourne if given the opportunity to do so in order to experience both city life and unique natural areas. I am excited about being able to interact with species I would normally be unable to see in […]
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
    I am excited to visit the Great Barrier Reef, as well as other sites full of Australian wildlife. I am very excited to see Sydney and do some exploring, but I am nervous about travelling.
  • November 16, 2017 at 7:29pm
    I’m looking forward to visiting the Great Barrier Reef. It’s on my bucket list and I’m excited to see it before it (possibly) disappears. I’m excited to travel the majority of Eastern Australia. Most abroad programs stay in one place, so I’m excited to move around and see a lot of the country. I’m a […]

 

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