Australia: Fall 3-week, 2015: INVADING OZ

The Faculty

Douglas M. Brattebo, Associate Professor of Political Science
Amber M. Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Psychology


The Course

INTD 30100: Invading Oz (3 credits)

PSYC/POLS 30100: The Pre-invasion (1 credit to be held during Fall 12-week, 2015)

The Program

Throughout Australia’s history, its residents, as well as the land and surrounding ocean, have been subject to various “invasions.” These include: invasive animal and plant species forever changing the landscape of the continent; environmental and human threats to the Great Barrier Reef; native lands being removed from the Aboriginal people; and most recently, changes in political policies and military strategy in response to China’s increased influence in the oceanic region. In many ways Australia’s history parallels our American history, but with notable differences in sociocultural and political responses. This trip will provide a unique opportunity for students to explore the Australian response to these invasions while also giving them the “outsider perspective” on how the world views the decisions made by the United States.


The Travel

Cairns, located in the northern portion of Queensland, is an ideal location to experience the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. The reef has been threatened by environmental changes over the last several years due to climate change, invasive species, and human-caused pollution. Policy changes regarding the use of the land adjacent to the reef, as well as the waterways containing the reef, have been made to improve the health and maintain the vast biodiversity represented in the Great Barrier Reef. Students will have the opportunity to explore the reef through an introductory SCUBA diving and/or snorkeling excursion, allowing them to see firsthand one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Sydney, located in New South Wales, is Australia’s largest city, with a population of more than 4.5 million.  It is also the country’s financial center.  A good share of the city’s initial infrastructure was built by British and Irish convicts, a core group of one of the continent’s earliest human invasions.  A cosmopolitan city enmeshed in the realm of global commerce, Sydney is home to the Reserve Bank of Australia and also to a sizeable population of Asian immigrants.  It is the skylines and shorelines of Sydney that provide Australia with some of its most recognizable images to people around the world, many of whom have not set foot in the country.

Canberra, Australia’s capital city, is also located in New South Wales, less than 200 miles from Sydney.  A completely planned city superimposed on a lush natural canvas, Canberra was designed to showcase the region’s native vegetation.  In addition to being the political center of Australia, Canberra is host to many of the country’s most important museums, galleries, and higher education institutions.  As well, Canberra is the location for Duntroon (Australia’s Royal Military College) and the Australian Defense Force Academy. 


Travel Dates:

During the fall 3-week session, 2015

Estimated Program Costs

$6,250 above tuition (includes all travel expenses, hostel housing, required excursions and meals).  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.

A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of completed application. 

Application Deadline



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