SPU in New Zealand
Climate Change: Chemical Basis and Financial Accountability
(Winter 2019 Global Seminar)
On this Winter Global Seminar, you will trade the drab winter days of Seattle for warm sun in the land of the hobbits - New Zealand!
New Zealand, known for its beauty and culture, is an ideal place to consider the influence we humans have on our atmosphere and environment. If you forget your sunscreen, the speed at which you sunburn will quickly remind you that NZ is situated under the large ozone hole formed as a result of human emission of CFC’s (a chemical used in refrigeration). Additionally, the dependence of the New Zealand economy upon both environmental tourism and agriculture results in a tension between the need to be economically productive and environmentally responsible.
Students will choose from two courses - Chemistry or Accounting, and together, will explore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science. We will investigate how science (particularly chemistry) is applied in a real-world sense. As part of this experience, students will be exposed to Maori culture and the differences in approaches to environmental stewardship will be addressed. We'll also visit a research field station where scientists actively monitor the amount of various gases in our atmosphere.
Both Dr. Schofield and Dr. Stewart are native New Zealander’s and together, with their knowledge and experience, will create a rich learning experience in this beautiful setting.
Accommodations & Meals
This program is eligible for a Study Abroad Scholarship
For more information about this program, contact SPU Study Abroad