Agriculture and Environment: National Expedition

A&E National Expedition map 2018.jpg Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Management majors

4 - 16 June, 2018   (15 MASSEY CREDITS)

Most study abroad students travel after their programs are over, but our study tour kicks off your adventure by introducing you to New Zealand and exposing you to the country’s dynamic human and geographic terrain.

You’ll visit the South Island high country, debate the pros and cons of being the world’s largest dairy producer, and explore volcanoes and geothermal areas.  You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand and how these shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole.  You will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff throughout your programme.

Your study tour begins in Queenstown and travels through the spectacular scenery of the South Island.  Destinations include the historic 100,000-acre high country sheep station on Mt. Nicholas, the spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, the garden city of Christchurch, the wine region around Blenheim, and the port city of Picton where you will board the ferry to cross the Cook Strait.

Your trek continues as we travel across the North Island. Agricultural, environmental, and wildlife management issues will remain our focus as we stop in the capital city of Wellington, Northern Wairarapa's Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, the volcanic area of Tongariro National Park, and traverse the dairy-rich Manawatu region. The study tour finishes in Hawke’s Bay, where you will stay for your Internship.

A&E National Expedition itinerary - 2017.pdf (408 KB)

We will post the 2018 itinerary once it has been finalised.  The final itinerary is subject to change.

Academic Assessment

You will earn academic credit through Special Topic: National Expedition.  Assessment of the 150 learning hours will be based on Case Study 1 (20%), Case Study 2 (25%), Case Study 3 (25%), and a portfolio (30%) which examine a range of issues around agriculture and the environment.

A&E National Expedition Academic Guide.pdf (456 KB)

Tongariro boardwalk.jpg Students who successfully complete the National Expedition will be able to:

  1. Apply their own knowledge and use case study methods to research different agricultural systems in New Zealand.
  2. Engage with local experts to examine selected agricultural systems from multiple perspectives spanning socio-cultural, technological, political, economic and environmental elements.
  3. Discuss the complexity and interactions of environmental and resource management issues in New Zealand arising from local, national and global influences.
  4. Synthesise the results of multiple case studies to gain insight into the ways in which colonisation, urbanisation, tourism and development of primary industries have influenced the New Zealand environment, culture and economy.
  5. Demonstrate personal organisation and commitment by completing a guided expedition of the South (Te Wai Pounamu) and North (Te Ika a Maui) Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We will post the 2018 Academic Guide once it has been revised.

A World ranked agriculture program

Massey University's agricultural program is ranked 27th in the world and 3rd in the Southern Hemisphere in the QS 2017 World University subject rankings.

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