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SCIENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE DOWN UNDER
This program is designed to introduce students to the “real” Australia that exists just off the beaten path. During our journey you will have the opportunity to hear about how Australian Aboriginal people have a connection to both the land and the sea, to visit the rainforest and the reef, and to participate in service projects working to bring about restorative change. In the three weeks we will spend abroad together, we will visit 4 different cities, 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 2 different reef systems, and other notable locations and people along the way. At the core of this program lies the opportunity to learn through experience. We will take you as far away from the classroom as you might imagine as we study the people, places, and creatures of this other world. The program begins in Brisbane, makes its way north to Cairns, and finishes in iconic Sydney.
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Australia. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
CEM 3950: Pick Your Poison: Australia (Junior Cornerstone, lab science OR non-lab science: no prerequisites, Honors Analytics: Science Models)
- Spend a day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
- Spend a day at the Australia Zoo
- Engage in research activities on North Stradbroke Island
- Behind-the-scenes tour of Reef HQ aquarium in Townsville
- Experience where "the rainforest meets the reef" in Queensland
- Opportunities to explore various locations down under during free days
- Participate in a reef restoration project
You will learn about scientific concepts through the study of poisonous and venomous things found in Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Each topic you explore related to your poison will contribute to a deeper understanding of the concepts of chemistry. While in country, you will learn about where and how these creatures live and about threats to the various ecosystems along the coast of NE Australia (estuaries, wetlands, rainforests, and the reef) as well as how they are all interconnected. You will participate in giving back to the country by taking part in two distinct service learning projects - Reef Recovery with Reef Ecologic and Wetland Restoration at Mungalla Station with the traditional landowners. Hands-on activities include collecting data on living systems and understanding how that data can be used. (BELL Core lab OR non-lab science; junior cornerstone; Honors Analytics: Science Models; please ask about major/minor credit)
MTH 1950: Math for Social Justice (BELL Core math requirement, Honors Analytics: Math Models)
Students study quantitative reasoning applied to the issues of injustice and inequality. As they develop the ability and inclination to question data, students will also confront the elements of power, privilege, and interdependence at play in cross-cultural dynamics. Active learning experiences include service learning projects, discussions with members of both the Quandamooka and Nyawaygi aboriginal communities, and exposure to organizations pushing for social awareness and change. These integrative experiences challenge the students' attitudes towards social and ethical awareness - tackling complex issues from both mathematical and human viewpoints. Then, through a pre-approved topic relevant to the local settings - we will use that knowledge to improve each other’s understand of the world beyond the United States. (BELL Core quantitative reasoning requirement)
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010) (satisfies BELL CORE requirement, must have completed 60 credit hours to count as Third Year Writing)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $5,000:
This fee will include housing, in-country transportation, some meals, on-site support and activities listed on the program itinerary, student insurance.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
remainder of food costs and any activities beyond
those described on the program itinerary
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Summer tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel. The program will begin in Brisbane and finish in Sydney. Flight recommendations will be made available to students.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
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Dr. Alison Parker
Dr. Brad Schleben
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Department of Chemistry and Physics
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