Through two semesters of courses and field work, students study and travel across the region, focusing on promoting sustainable economic development across a range of diverse cultures and countries without destroying our planet's ecosystems.
- Denpasar, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Byron Bay, Australia; Nadi, Fiji
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Topics of study include Australian society and environmental history, Aboriginal ecology, the destruction of old growth forests due to logging and cattle grazing, land degradation and salt accumulation in soils, irrigation and water resource issues, uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, coastal zone development, ocean pollution, ecological medicine, bio-diversity and the conservation of Australian native plants and wildlife, and appropriately designed architecture for hot humid and desert regions. Australian bio-dynamic and organic agriculture and the use of permaculture applications in the sustainable use of resources in Australia are considered in detail through lectures and hands-on learning. A unique aspect of the program is the on-going participation of students in the LIU bio-intensive garden. Travel locations during the term may vary but generally include trips to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical north Queensland World Heritage Areas, camping in national parks in the high altitude New England Tableland region, a trip to Lamington National Park and Mt. Warning, and a visit to the Outback/Red Center region of the Northern Territory or to the dry western plains of western New South Wales. Students also visit rainforests, earth-based and off-grid solar houses, nature preserves and other venues of environmental significance in the Byron area. Included in the program costs are tuition, fees, scheduled field trips, housing and some meals, and international travel. Students are responsible for personal expenses.
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