Hiram College

Opera House 270

Over the fall 3-Week term, Amber Chenoweth, assistant professor of psychology, and Doug Brattebo, associate professor of political science, led a group of 19 Hiram College students to the “land down under” where students immersed themselves in multiple aspects of Australian life. The course, “Invading Oz,” gave students an opportunity to examine political, social and environmental invasions.

War Museum

animal san - Koala Bear

Students traveled all along the Eastern coast visiting cities like Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. They also explored the Great Barrier Reef and multiple rain forests and met Aboriginals at the Tent Embassy in Canberra, giving them an opportunity to explore the impact of invasions from multiple viewpoints.

The Twelve Apostles


Throughout the trip, students also had many opportunities to experience other aspects of Australian life. Excursions such as climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, a ferry ride across the Sydney Harbor to the Taronga Zoo, a visit to streets full of international cuisine and local vendors, a play at the Sydney Opera House and deep sea fishing rounded out the trip.

fig tree

Deep Sea fishing rods lined up on a boat (5 of them)