Understanding New Zealand: Culture, Society, & Environment

Understanding New Zealand: Culture, Society, & Environment — About

About Understanding New Zealand: Culture, Society, & Environment

New Zealand is a land filled with stunning landscapes -- from forests and fiords to mountains, lakes and beaches. The island nation offers a mix of landscapes as well as cultures. It is a place that simultaneously feels both familiar and foreign. Language and cultural similarities offer students the opportunity to sharpen their powers of observation and gain a true understanding of contemporary New Zealand society and culture.

Course Description

This course focuses in depth on the society, culture and history of New Zealand. You will be asked to reflect upon and think ethically about important challenges facing our society and world. Course topics include:

As part of the course, you will interact with ordinary New Zealanders including university students and faculty, journalists and experts from a variety of field. You'll also engage in various sociological research methods to uncover both similiarities and differences between the US and New Zealand.

Housing & Meals

You will live in shared housing with other program participants. All breakfasts, and a welcome and farewell meal are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be self-catered at accomodations or eaten at local restaurants around Auckland and Wellington.


While in New Zealand, the surroundings will become your classroom and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. These excursions will take place on the North Island, mainly in and around Auckland and Wellington, and may include:

Auckland, the country's largest city:

Wellington, a cosmopolitan urban jewel with a bustling waterfront:

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

The Global Seminar is led by Evan Roberts an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. 

Global Seminars Information Session

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Learning Abroad Center

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Learning Abroad Center

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