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Australia Today




Geelong, Victoria, Australia


January 5 2014 - January 25 2014

Credits Offered

GEOG 383.97 - 3 CREDITS
(CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

Application Deadline

Students applying for STOCS - October 8                                                  

Other applicants - October 18

Financial Aid

PELL, STOCS, student loans

Program Fee

$ 2,750 (estimate) includes housing, airport transfers, 2 day Learn to Surf and Great Ocean Tour, field trips, books and international health insurance. Airfare not included.

*A limited number of scholarships in the amount of $ 650 will be available to Hunter College students only.

Payment Schedule

$350 due with application. $ 2,400 due November 25. All payments by certified checks or money orders (no cash, personal checks, or credit cards).



Program Description
This program is offered by Deakin University, with whom Hunter College has a semester and academic year-long reciprocal tuition agreement. There is no Hunter faculty accompanying the students. The program is located at Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus, about 50 miles south-west from Melbourne.  The name "Geelong" is derived from "jillong," the Aboriginal word for bay, which means "a place of the sea bird over the white cliffs." This waterfront city offers a diverse range of food, wine, cultural and recreation attractions and colonial history evident in the city's 100 National Trust listed buildings.  Geelong is also the major gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.

The aim of the course is to provide students with tools for cultural orientation; information, experiences, analyses and interactions which will inform, entertain and heighten their understanding of Australia Today. It will be achieved through a series of presentations and readings on everything from Australian history, politics and geography to an engagement with key social and political issues - Indigenous rights, gender relations, inequality, multiculturalism, national identity and Australia's place in the world - while also exploring myths and popular cultures. In addition to quality printed materials, students will attend presentations and small group discussions of the materials. They will venture on field excursions beyond the University to tour Australian cities and suburbs; to see elements of Indigenous Australia. Assessment will be based on a class presentation, a fieldwork exercise related to the excursion and an essay.


Topics include:

  • Australian history
  • Landscape and settlement  
  • Australia in film
  • The ANZAC legend: War and national identity
  • Aboriginal settlement and unsettlement
  • Australia and Asia
  • Multicultural Australia
  • Australia: A distinctive democracy
  • The Lucky Country?
  • Sporting nation: Sporting culture
  • Gender relations in Australia
  • Global Australia

Although the Syllabus for the Winter intersession 2012-13 program in Australia is not yet published, it should not be very different from those used in previous years. Here is an example of the Syllabus for the last Winter Intersession: Australia Winter 2011-12 Syllabus



One 100-level social science course (GEOG, ANTHC, SOC, PSYCH, POLSC, HIST)


Credits & Grades

Students in this program may receive 3 credits. Note: Students will only receive credits if their grade is "C" or better. Letter grades for this program will appear in the "comments" section of the transcript, and will not count towards their Hunter GPA.





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Phone: (212) 772-4983 
Fax: (212) 772-5005


Estimated Total Costs of Attendance

Tuition - $ 735

Program Fee - $ 2,750

Not included in Program Fee:

Airfare - $ 2,000

Meals - $ 850

Visa - $ 20

TOTAL US $ 6,355


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