UC Davis Summer Abroad
Australia — Urban to Outback
Melbourne, Darwin, and Kakadu National Park, Australia
Arrive Date: June 24, 2017 End Date: July 22, 2017
During our three weeks in Melbourne and one week in the remote outback, we will encounter Australia’s natural wonders and cultural complexities by examining its literature, history, film, environment, and wildlife. Readings will focus on themes of individual and national identity and the tensions between a colonial and an indigenous population. We will visit museums, art galleries, botanical parks, and nature reserves in and around Melbourne. We will spend time in Darwin, a beach town that is the gateway to the outback and we’ll travel to the amazing Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site for both its Aboriginal rock art and its unique flora and fauna. You will be thrilled by close observations of marsupials, dingos, crocodiles, water buffalo, and birds in their natural habitat.
Instructor: Eric Schroeder
Taught in: English
Max Enrollment: 30
Program Coordinator: Greg Gundersen
English (ENL) 139. Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)
Humanities (HUM) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
- Learn about Australia’s fascinating urban and indigenous cultures.
- Travel to the outback. Learn about Aboriginal culture, art, and mythology. Go from Australia’s vibrant, cosmopolitan, and international cities to the remote outback.
- See Australian wildlife.
- Learn about Aboriginal culture from our Aboriginal guide who travels with us the whole last week in the outback.
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