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MAYMESTER: THE POLITICS OF PROTECTING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

 

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is iconic and imperiled. On a grand scale, it exemplifies how scientific evidence, economic calculations, and political imperatives combine and compete to shape environmental policy. The course introduces students to the complex world of environmental politics and policy. It showcases the trade-offs of environmental protection, explores the politicization of science, and illustrates how electoral politics and political institutions affect policy outcomes. Students will learn firsthand about the competing interests that have a stake in GBR-policy by personally meeting with people who represent these interests-such as representatives from various local industries, environmental activists, politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, Indigenous peoples, and other local residents.

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Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

Course(s)

  • GOV 355M - The Politics of Protecting the Great Barrier Reef and
    L A 119 - International Learning Seminar (Spring)

Academic Information

Students earn 3 hours of in-residence credit for GOV 355M. Students are required to enroll in an LA 119 class during Spring 2022 that meets Wednesdays 3-4pm. The course is approved for IRG STE track and sustainability studies major course. Course also qualifies for Global Cultures, Independent Inquiry and Writing flags.

Faculty

Dr. Rhonda Evans, J.D., directs the Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies at UT-Austin. Her research focuses on the Australian Human Rights Commission, High Court of Australia, and Australian Senate. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No

Housing

Students will live in a hotel in Townsville and hostel style accommodations during their excursions. Townsville accommodation includes wifi, swimming pool, laundry facilities, gymnasium, and AC.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2022 Program Fee: TBD. 2021 program fee: $5125. Includes $500 non-refundable deposit, housing, some meals, excursions, administrative and instructional costs, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, insurance, local transportation and personal expenses. $10,000 in COLA scholarship funds.

Dates:

- Maymester
  • Program: May 31, 2022 to June 22, 2022
  • Instructional: May 31, 2022 to June 22, 2022
  • Priority Deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2021

Application Code

355119

Additional Resources

Program Website
Scholarships
Financial Aid
Information Session

Next Step

Application deadline for 2022 program is November 15, 2021. Info sessions 10/7 6:30 pm RLP 1.302E, 10/27 5 pm Zoom, and 11/3 5 pm RLP 1.302D. Click "information session" link above for Zoom links. For questions contact program coordinator Julia Pfeiffer at julia.pfeiffer@austin.utexas.edu.

Program information above is subject to change