New Zealand

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Travel Dates for fall session: November-December 2017

The Faculty

Douglas Brattebo, Associate Professor of Political Science

Acacia Parks, Associate Professor of Psychology

The Courses

POLS/PSYC: Kiwi Contentment (one credit hour during Fall 12-week session, 2017)

INTD:  Going to the Godzone (three credit hours during Fall 3-week session, 2017)

Course content will center on three themes:  

  • The pivotal role of fairness in determining the effectiveness of the relationship between individual and societal wealth and happiness.
  • The role of social connections in determining the happiness of individuals, as well as that of their country.
  • The relationship between individual/self-focus, materialism and happiness.

While abroad, you will observe key societal features of New Zealand that differ from those in the United States in ways that likely impact human happiness.  This includes ample time to explore the country's natural beauty.

Cultural Immersion

New Zealand, like the United States, is a wealthy, democratic, market-oriented society that cherishes the concept of freedom.  However, the two nations have taken very different trajectories since the late 1970s.  New Zealanders have been surveyed as some of the happiest people in the world, and through this study abroad course, you will examine human happiness at two levels of analysis:  individual and societal.

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The Itinerary

Over the course of three weeks, explore a diverse combination of natural and cultural attractions on the country's north and south islands.

The program will include substantial time in New Zealand's two major cities:  Auckland, the largest city, and Wellington, the capital.  In addition to connecting with leading scholars at universities in each city, students will have a choice between key attractions, including an up-close experience at the zoo with a choice of red panda, giraffe, cheetah, lion or lemur; botanical gardens; the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy; and the Museum of New Zealand.

New Zealand is home to man of the world's most striking natural wonders.  You will experience:

  • the Waipoua Kauri Forest, which contains two giant ancient kauri trees - "Father of the Forest" (2,000 years old) and "Lord of the Forest" (1,200 years old) - and giant fern trees, as well as the silver fern, New Zealand's national emblem.
  • black water tubing at Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • whale watching in Kaikoura
  • Rotorua's geysers and thermal pools, which serve as a source of energy for the region, and its hot springs, where you will experience a style of steam cooking used by the local Maori people. 

Other trip highlights include visits to:

  • Hobbiton, the site of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" film sets; includes tours of the Shire and a Middle Earth-themed forest
  • Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, which will include an opportunity to interact with the indigenous Maori people
  • Dunedin and Christchurch, which are centers of preservation of the Scottish and British (respectively) aspects of New Zealand's culture

Trip Prerequisites/Requirements

All students on the trip must enroll in "Kiwi Contentment," a one-credit-hour introduction course, during the Fall 2017 12-Week session.  Students are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees, and personal expenses.

Program Details

  • Estimated cost:  $6,100 (includes round-trip airfare, transportation within country, accommodations, meals, and admission fees)
  • Application Deadline:  March 8, 2017; $75 non-refundable fee due upon receipt of application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.
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Study Abroad Staff

For more information, contact:

Brittany Jackson
Assistant Director
Strategic Academic Initiatives
Hiram College
PO Box 67
Hiram, OH  44234

Phone: 330.569.5380
Fax: 330.569.6005

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