The Earth Systems 2 programme analyzes current environmental issues arising from the interface between nature and society. Focusing on field and research based education, students study how the geosphere, bioshpere, hydrosphere, and anthrosphere systems interact to form the New Zealand Earth System. As part of this programme, students will undertake research projects assisting in the re-development of Christchurch alongside its people. This programme will see students develop as individuals and challenge concepts of learning, while giving something back to the City of Christchurch. The programme includes a 10-day field session focusing on recent the recent Christchurch earthquakes, the recovery and rebuild, and other critical environmental issues such as climate change, agriculture and pollution. To fully understand Christchurch’s place in the New Zealand Earth System context, during the field session, students will also spend several days in the Southern Alps studying glaciers, climate change and the role water plays in modern society. Following the field session, where research projects will be identified for participating students, students will enroll in a set of chosen courses and electives with learning outcomes that match the theme of this programme.
10-Day Field Session: June 28 – July 8
The field session will begin at the Christchurch’s earthquake ground zero post – City Centre, providing students with a context of the earthquake(s) impact. The session will be divided into several inter-related modules where students will meet community leaders, begin to develop leadership skills, volunteer in community projects, and initiate their semester long research project. Following the City Center field exercises, students will transition to the Southern Alps, where they will study glaciers and the effects of climate change on New Zealand.
Aspects covered during field session include:
- The science behind the earthquakes and timeline of events
- Tour of the areas impacted by rock fall, shaking, liquefaction, and lateral spreading, to obtain a sense of what Christchurch residents have endured
- Firsthand accounts of the damage and drama of the quakes
- One day of volunteering ‘hands on service’ in the Christchurch community
- Learn about the community’s preparedness, response, and recovery
- Understand the emergency response at local and governmental levels
- Meet high level decision makers
- Reflect on decisions and how they are being made in the recovery process
- Tour post-earthquake Christchurch/Canterbury to grasp the bigger picture
- Cultural exposure to Maori perspectives on environmental guardianship or kaitiakitanga
- Southern Alps Glacier exercise
- Effects of climate change on Kiwi agriculture
Campus Semester: July – Mid November
Credits/Units: 18 total credits transcripted by the Lafayette College.
Earth Systems Field Camp (2 credits)
Research Methods in Geography (4 credits)
Earth System Science (4 credits)
Two course of your choosing (up to 8 credits)
2013: $18,500 NZD
- Return Airfare – approximately $1,500 NZD
- Room at Ilam Apartments – $4,809 NZD
- Board – self-catered approximately $200-250 NZD per week
- Books – approximatley $400 NZD
Applications Close: March 15th 2013
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- Environmental Politics and Policy POLS304-S2: This course analyses the resource and environmental aspects of public policy.
- Forest Management FORE316-S2: Development of integrated natural resource management approaches to various decision-making techniques. Application of quantitative techniques for analysis of wood production problems, including log manufacturing, log allocation, stand simulation and optimization.
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- Magmatic Systems and Volcanology GEOL336-S2: Study of magmatic systems including the nature and origin of igneous materials and links with the physical processes of volcanology.
- Environmental Engineering: This is a new 200-level course. More information will be available at a later date.
- Fluids and Hydrology: This is a new 200-level course. More information will be available at a later date.
- Geotechnical Engineering: This is a new 300-level course. More information will be available at a later date.
- Ecological Engineering: This is a new 300-level course. More information will be available at a later date.