AUSTRALIA

REPORTING DOWN UNDER: EXPLORING AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL AND MEDIA LANDSCAPE

Faculty Leaders: Jill Capuzzo, Department of English

Travel Dates: Spring Break 2018

Class Meeting Times: TBD

Course Number: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Applications will open in early November.

This course will explore a vast array of issues facing Australia and give Rutgers students the up-close chance to research and report on these subjects while in country, and then continue their research and reporting upon returning to the US. Students will gain a firm understanding of Australia’s past and present and learn about a country that is closely linked to the US, while also having a very distinct identity. 

In the classes leading up to our trip, we will discuss topics specific to Australia, including the country’s history, culture, politics, economy, immigration challenges, native populations, environmental issues, animal conservation, entertainment and media, and how the country is perceived, largely through the international media coverage it receives. We would also look at the broader topics related to operating as a foreign correspondent, both in conflicted areas as well as world powerhouse countries such as Australia. As a country that is served by a broad spectrum of media, we will also look at the current state of media and journalism in Australia, and the ever-growing role of social media.

These topics will be reinforced and brought to life when we visit Australia over sring break. The travel portion will take us to Australia’s two world-class cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and to Cairns to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region. In Sydney, the days will consist of a guided walking tour of the city, with visit to the famed Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Rocks neighborhood, visits to Manley Beach, a cruise on Sydney Harbour, and the possibility to visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where students can hold koalas and feed kangaroos. Our visit to the Victorian city of Melbourne would again include a guided walking tour, travels around Port Phillip Bay and a trip to the Phillip Island penguin colony.

The additional educational visits and meetings include visiting organizations such as Australian Broadcasting Corporation, one of the major newspapers in Sydney or Melbourne, and a local university.

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES

 

Airfare

Housing

International health insurance

Some meals

 

PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

 

Visa (if applicable)

Vaccinations

Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

Airport Exit Fees (if applicable)

*Program Cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.