Agriculture and Environment: National Expedition

A&E National Expedition map 2017.jpg Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Management majors

May 29 – June 10, 2017   (15 MASSEY CREDITS)

Most study abroad students travel after their programs are over, but our National Expedition 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. Throughout the expedition, you will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff.

Your expedition 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, spectacular South Island national parks and alpine areas, the garden city of Christchurch, beautiful Saint Arnaud, the wine region around Blenheim, and finally to the port city of Picton where you will board the ferry to cross the Cook Strait.

The exploration of New Zealand 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, the volcanic region of Tongariro National Park, traverse the dairy-rich Manawatu region, and canvas the cultural centre of Taupo. The expedition finishes in Hawke’s Bay, where you will stay for your Internship.

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

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)

Waterfall selfie.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.

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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