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Australia Summer (Psychology)

Semester: Summer
Offered: Summer 2020
Estimated Dates: Mid-May to early July


Psychology emphasis and internship experience
Prerequisites: PSY 100, 200, 300 and Junior or Senior class standing; or PSY 100 and consent of leader.  
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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.

2 courses /8 credits


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.

Australia Summer (Psychology)

Blog Feed: Australia

  • February 19, 2018 at 1:26am
    February 8, 2018 In Tasmania a main focus of our study was examining deep-time historical events and how they effect the biogeography of the land today. Throughout our time traveling from beaches on Maria island to forests in Maydena we had the privilege to physically look at how the historical events lead to the species […]
  • February 19, 2018 at 12:55am
    Cora Layman. February 3rd, 2018 Today, we worked with a professional marine biologist to do a reef survey of the fish in an area of Maria Island. We got to gear up into wetsuits because, while beautiful, the water was fairly chilly. The group was divided up and each pair got to snorkel for a […]
  • February 18, 2018 at 2:43pm
    Finally, it was time. The day we first went into the water. After spending an intense few days studying the different kinds of fish for Scott Ling’s fish quiz and being relieved when we found out it was a much more casual (and non graded) affair, we finally had the chance to get in the […]
  • February 18, 2018 at 2:44am
    Today we got to sleep in a bit without the anticipation of a long hike ahead of us. Right at 9 am we were all ready to go back into the bush! Literally. This time though, we had a task: identify and describe in detail two different plants we encountered today from two different families […]
  • February 17, 2018 at 10:06pm
    WOW! Feb 12 was an adventure. It all started the day before (Feb 11) when Sierra and I chatted with our hostel receptionist about potential travel plans for the day. The receptionist, later to become our new friend, Laurence, suggested that he could show us around some natural sea cliffs near Port Arthur, Tas. We […]
  • February 12, 2018 at 4:00am
    (2/11/18) After a jam-packed week and a half in Tasmania exploring the island of Maria and the national park in Maydena, we had our first free day in Hobart. I think I speak for us all when I say that we all took advantage of the morning to sleep in and recover from the fast […]
  • February 12, 2018 at 3:11am
                After three amazing weeks of exploring Sydney, we were ready to begin a new adventure. On the first day of February, we flew to Hobart – a city located on the biggest Australian island, Tasmania. Right after we landed, we took a bus, and then a ferry, to get to a much smaller island […]
  • February 11, 2018 at 5:07pm
    Today (February 6) we went on a 10-hour (about 10.5 miles) hike through the Tasmanian alpine at Mount Field to learn about various plants found in that ecosystem. On our hike, we saw beautiful natural pools and lakes carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago, obscure looking conifers, and dolerite boulder fields. We learned […]
  • January 31, 2018 at 12:00pm
    A day after we went on a tour exploring the Aboriginal history of Sydney, we went to see a piece of the other side: the Hyde Park Barracks. Now a museum, the Hyde Park Barracks were originally a convict-designed and convict-built housing construction. Regardless of its past, I can safely say that we were all […]
  • January 31, 2018 at 3:28am
    Today was our first full day in the Blue Mountains, and we boarded a bus for the Jenolan Caves! After a a gorgeous but slightly nerve racking bus ride down the thin and windy roads of the pass, we arrived at the caves. While we waited for Nat to settle the details of our tour, […]


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