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Geology, Volcanology, and World History in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand


Professors Geoffrey Cook and Matthew Herbst
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 30, 2017
Arrival: Sun., July 2, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 3, 2017
First Day of Class: Tues., July 4, 2017
Last Day of Class: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Auckland Airport (AKL) by 10:00 am on Sunday, July 2, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 5:00-6:30 pm
    ERC Admin. Bldg. 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Thursday, Feb. 2 | 3:00-4:30 pm 
    ERC Admin. Bldg. 2nd Floor Conference Room

Why you should go

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be settled (by Maori in fourteenth century; it previously had no human inhabitants), the first to give women the right to vote (in 1893), and contains geological and topographical terrain so extraordinary that it served as the ideal setting for filming the Lord of the Rings movies. How did this all come about, and what is the significance for our contemporary world? Join this Global Seminar in New Zealand to find out. This Global Seminar offers a unique interdisciplinary program, which provides a geological and historical exploration. New Zealand’s remarkable landscape and fascinating history will be examined and set in comparative and global context.

From a historical perspective, MMW14 will explore the development of New Zealand within the British Empire and its link to the global economy from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. We will study the relationship between European settlers and indigenous Maori and contrast this with other such encounters around the world. We will also explore the critical relationship between the environment and history, as well as examine issues of immigration, diversity, and culture, through which we will witness how events in MMW14 directly impact the present.

SIO 45 will provide students with an introduction to volcanism and will explore why and how volcanoes work. All the necessary geologic background to understand the fascinating world of volcanoes will be provided. In addition, students will learn about the geology of New Zealand and why it is host to such a diverse array of volcanic phenomena. Field trips to volcanically-significant sites will be an integral part of the curriculum. Overall, we will visit neighborhoods, national parks, islands, volcanoes, museums, cultural centers, and offer time for you to continue your exploration still further.

Who should go

This program would be valuable for any students with an interest in history, volcanology, or geology. MMW 14 is also a required course for all ERC students who entered as freshmen. For ERC transfer students, this global seminar program can be used as replacement for MMW 122. The Volcanoes course fulfills the natural sciences GE requirement at both ERC and Marshall Colleges.

Meet the professors

Professor Matthew HerbstMatthew T. Herbst is an Associate Teaching Professor and Faculty Director of the Making of the Modern World Program, a general education world history program. Dedicated to experiential learning, he has guided MMW Global Seminars since 2008, leading programs in England, France, Thailand, Turkey, and New Zealand, and, since 2012, has offered quarterly programs in the mountains and deserts of Southern California. Prof. Herbst received multiple awards for teaching, including an Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. For information on Prof. Herbst's courses and projects, see: https://ucsdherbst.org.

Prof. Geoffrey CookGeoffrey Cook is a Teaching Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Cook’s research focuses on volcanology, and the science of volcanic eruptions. Cook has had a life-long obsession with rocks, volcanoes, and dinosaurs that began when he was a young boy growing up in New Hampshire. He will be applying his passion for geosciences to the study of the volcanically active islands in New Zealand. He received the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2011 and the Sixth College Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2012.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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