CCS300: New Zealand: Aoteoroa Cultural & Natural History
This course introduces students to the complex interactions between human societies and the biological and physical environment of Aoteoroa/New Zealand, the last major landmass on Earth colonized by humans. It examines the mutual influence of sociocultural and ecological phenomena on the formation and maintenance of cultural identity by the Maori people, within a larger encompassing non-Maori dominated culture and society. It also compares the cultural perspectives of indigenous Maori on the natural environment with a Western European view. Students will learn about Aoteoroa/New Zealand’s cultural and natural history and compare its distinct and unique cultural, societal, and ecological features with aspects of their own home culture, society, and ecosystem of origin (e.g. Waukesha, Wisconsin USA).
Immersion preparation – Students will attend 2 hour bi-weekly meetings on-campus through the Spring semester in preparation for their international cultural immersion experience in Aoteoroa/ New Zealand. Course readings and materials will provide information on Carroll’s CCE policies, social science perspectives on culture, Aoteoroa’s physical environment and natural history, Maori culture, historical and contemporary New Zealand society, and other topics. Course assignments completed before the CCE travel will include knowledge: assessments, learning activities, and those inviting students to apply or make connections between themselves (major/minor program of study) and relevant aspects of New Zealand culture and society.
Auckland, New Zealand
Course Meeting Times:
4pm – 5:50 pm Mondays on 2nd and 4th Mondays of Spring semester months (1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4*, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22). (*Meeting #4 falls during Carroll’s Spring Break so we will meet either the week before/after--TBD.)
Tentative Travel Dates:
May 14th- May 28th
Minimum Class Size:
Estimated Price Range:
Students requesting accommodations for their CCE should contact The Office for Students with Disabilities at the Walter Young Center by calling 262-524-7335 to set up an appointment with Marty Bledsoe.