Our intensive international field courses offer you the chance to see first-hand just some of the global challenges that we're working towards meeting within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

From assisting with poverty reduction and exploring complex environmental and planning issues in South-East Asia, to examining New Zealand landscapes to learn how geohazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunami affect human society, you'll develop your understanding and practical skills in your chosen field.

You'll also have the chance to meet and, in some cases, stay with staff and students from your host country, and experience a range of educational, social and cultural experiences you wouldn't generally be exposed to in Australia.

GEOS2110: Tectonics and Geomorphology of Active Plate Boundaries in New Zealand

Description

You'll have the chance to explore Milford Sound on this trip.

You'll have the chance to examine two types of boundary – a convergent plate margin in New Zealand's North Island, and a transform plate boundary in the South Island – both of which produce dramatic but remarkably different surface geomorphologies that are influenced by deep-earth processes. Combine this with the effects of strong global climate fluctuations throughout Pleistocene time (numerous ice-ages) and you're in one of the best places to study landscape evolution. 

You'll learn first-hand important concepts in tectonic geomorphology by examining active volcanic and mountain geomorphologies, an experience unavailable in Australia. You'll witness how tectonic processes influence not only geomorphology but also climate and how these landscapes continue to evolve. You'll learn about the active processes that dominate these environments and how landscapes respond to tectonic and climate forcing. You'll also have to opportunity to learn about important geohazards related to plate boundaries (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunami) and how these affect human society.

Details

Course code: GEOS2110 Tectonics and Geomorphology of Active Plate Boundaries 

Units: 2

Open to: domestic and International, undergraduate students. This is an elective course. Email our team to find out if you can take this course as part of your program.

Location: Auckland, Taupo volcanic zone, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Canterbury Plains, Aorangi, Southern Alps and Haast Pass, the Alpine Fault

Duration: approximate dates for 2018 are 28 January to 11 February. To submit an expression of interest for this course, please complete our online form

Coordinator: Professor Jonathan Aitchison

Cost: there are additional fees payable to undertake this course. In addition to course fees, the approximate trip cost for 2018 is $1275. You will also need to arrange and pay for your own travel to Auckland and from Christchurch (we'll provide further details), and pay for your accommodation and food while you travel.

Course cap: 25 students. Places will be awarded based on your year level, academic performance, and relevance to your study program.

Travel requirements: ensure you have a current passport and a valid visa to New Zealand for the dates of the program. You will also need to:

  • have at least a moderate degree of physical fitness
  • have clothing and equipment suitable for outdoor activity in alpine environments (we'll provide further details).

Register your Expression of Interest here before midnight Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

Contact: email our team

ENVM3400: Field Studies in Vietnam

Description

You'll participate in a range of educational, social and cultural experiences.

Vietnam is a rapidly developing nation with a broad spectrum of environmental and planning issues that are often different to those faced in Australia. You'll explore some of these issues through lectures and field trips. You'll have the opportunity to focus on a research topic of your choice, and to study and reflect on:

  • historical, cultural and social issues
  • policy and governance
  • catchment management
  • biodiversity planning and management, particularly mangrove ecosystems
  • socio-economic development (for example agriculture, industry and tourism sectors)
  • urban planning (resettlement, transport, strategic issues)
  • potential impacts of climate change.

This course will not be running in 2017.

Details

Course code: ENVM3400 International Experience Field Studies

Units: 2

Open to: domestic and International, undergraduate and postgraduate students. This is an elective course. Email our team to find out if it's possible to take this course as part of your program.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta region

Duration: approximately 14 days in early December, plus a compulsory 2-day session prior to departure

Cost: there are additional fees payable to undertake this course.

Course cap: 20 students. If interest exceeds this number, places will be awarded based on your year level, academic performance, and relevance to your study program.

Travel requirements: ensure you have a current passport and a valid visa to Vietnam for the dates of the program.

Contact: email our team

PLAN3200/PLAN7200: Exploring Development Complexities in Indonesia

Description

You'll be exposed to the complexities of "development".

Explore poverty alleviation, governance structures, the "politics of aid" and sustainable livelihoods, and gain a first-hand experience of development issues in the Global South. You'll be exposed to the many and varied complexities of "development" and experience the challenges faced by communities in sustaining their livelihoods and improving their living conditions. You'll analyse issues related to disaster reduction and livelihoods in rural areas, and slums and poverty in urban areas.

Details

Course code: PLAN3200 / PLAN7200 International Field Course: Exploring Development Complexities

Units: 2

Open to: domestic, international, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Note: this is a semester 2, 2017 course

Location: Indonesia

Duration: 10-19 July 2017 (during inter-semester recess), plus 3 days of pre-departure workshops during semester 1

Coordinators: Dr Sonia Roitman and Dr Karen McNamara

Cost: there are additional fees payable to undertake this course. Funding may be available for eligible students under the New Colombo Plan.

Course cap: 30 students. If interest exceeds this number, places will be awarded based on your year level, academic performance, and relevance to your study program.

Travel requirements: ensure you have a current passport and a valid visa to Indonesia for the dates of the program (which can be obtained on arrival into the country).

Expression of interest: submit your interest in enrolling by filling out the form here before April 7, 2017. 

Contact: email our team

GEOS3004: International Field Studies - Natural & Built Environments (Hong Kong)

You'll explore urban and environmental issues in Hong Kong

Description

Lectures, workshops and a 10 day field trip to a selected international region. Natural environments of south and southeast Asia, contemporary society, demography, environmental management, planning and architecture in their environmental context.

Details

Course code: GEOS3004  International Field Studies: Natural and Built Environments (Hong Kong)

Units: 2

Open to: domestic and international undergraduate and postgraduate students. Note: this is a Semester 1, 2018 course

Location: Hong Kong

Duration: 2 - 10 April 2018 (during Semester 1 mid-semester break), plus a series of lectures and workshops during semester 1

Tour Leaders: Dr Sebastien Darchen and Dr Annie Lau

Cost: there are additional fees payable to undertake this course.

Course cap: 20 students. If interest exceeds this number, places will be awarded based on your year level, academic performance, and relevance to your study program.

Travel requirements: ensure you have a current passport and a valid visa to Hong Kong for the dates of the program (which can be obtained on arrival into the country).

Expression of interest: submit your interest in enrolling by filling out the form here before October 4, 2017. 

Contact: email our team