COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN NEW ZEALAND
MAY EXPERIENCE 2014
Students will spend 17 days travelling to major cities such as Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin and to cultural sites on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. They will gain firsthand knowledge of New Zealand’s media and cultural institutions, and the people who work in them. There will be presentations from prominent scholars in the study of media, diversity, and identity in New Zealand. Students will also experience the natural beauty of New Zealand, with visits to Milford Sound (including a boat trip on the Sound), the alpine resort city of Queenstown, the Waitomo Ruakuri Cave (known for its glow worms), and the thermal vents and geysers at Rotorua.
New Zealand was selected for several reasons. The first and most important is that it provided an excellent location to study media on a national scale in a country small enough to provide excellent access. Despite its small population, New Zealand has a fully developed system of print and electronic media. It is also a culturally diverse country that has had to grapple with issues of diversity in its media. Because New Zealand is a country of about 4 million people, it provides excellent opportunities to observe cultural and communicative practices on a national and local scale. On the trip in 2011, students were able to meet with New Zealand’s Minister of Broadcasting and to visit the studios of New Zealand TV and Maori TV. We expect similar access in 2014. Finally, the students will have lectures and discussions with some of New Zealand’s top scholars.
MXP 433 Communication, Culture, and Identity in New Zealand
: Travel study course to New Zealand that examines the role of mass media in shaping and reviving the identity of its inhabitants as Maori, Pakeha, and New Zealanders. Assigned readings will help students understand the historical context for the emergence of these identities. Students will visit museums, education centers, and Maori cultural sites, as well as radio and television stations in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. They will also meet with prominent scholars and with New Zealand politicians who make broadcast policy. These contacts, along with the assigned readings, will prepare students for writing assignments in which they analyze the impact of media institutions and practices on the creation of identity.
All students are welcome to apply for this program; however, all things being equal, some preference may be given to Communication
Studies and Education majors. We are looking for students who are academically strong, of good character, and are open to travelling halfway across the world to experience a unique culture. Some preference will be given to the students with strong GPAs but that will be only one factor, balanced against their faculty references and performances in interviews with Professors Lipscomb and Armstrong.
Accommodations: Students will be housed in hotels and hostels.
Meals: Students will be expected to pay for many of their own meals.
HEALTH & SAFETY
No special inoculations or precautions are required for this trip. Good quality medical care is available throughout New Zealand.
ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST
Approximately $5,600 which includes:
Flights and ground transportation in New Zealand
Accommodations for all nights of the program in hotels or hostels
Personalized presentation by a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad representative that covers important cultural and safety topic
Some meals: five lunches and three dinners
A participant booklet with key information that the participants can reference throughout the program
Site visits, excursions and lectures
A $10 Phone Card for each participant
International health insurance
ADDITIONAL STUDENT COSTS
Approximately $400 for meals not included in the cost of the program
Optional excursions or activities
Additional money for souvenirs, internet access, etc.