Creating and maintaining a sustainable relationship between humans and the environment is a complex and value-laden process. This course examines the processes and values that affect sustainability in relation to food systems, production, consumption, and pollution. This program is designed to uniquely blend traditional course study with field experiences to move the study to practice. Coordinated by our in-country teams, the fieldwork sees students spend time in multiple different regions of ecological biodiversity across the South Pacific. Texts and seminars challenge students to examine the core assumptions and values that share various perspectives on environmental policies and resource management strategies.
In Fiji, students will spend time living in distinct Highland communities dedicated to livestock and crop farming. In these communities, students will examine the impact of humans on the native species of the island, while also undertaking research about the environmental impacts of native and non-native species. Students will also spend time in coastal areas working alongside Fijians who are striving to protect the marine environment and ecosystem.
In Australia, students will observe first-hand the efforts being made to protect the great barrier reef, while also working directly with wildlife in Australia Zoo in order to understand adaptations to the environment in captive organisms and populations.