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Destinations: Australia!

Winterim: December 27, 2013 - January 10, 2014

Program Description: Communication and Social Change

This course explores how Aboriginal Australians and the Australian government have used communication tools to affect social change. Specifically, this class examines Aboriginal and Australian history and how communication tools were/are used to “move mountains of apathy, mountains of hopelessness, mountains of cynicism and even mountains of public inefficiency.” Through class lectures and field trips, students will learn about and experience a variety of Australian cultural practices.

Print your application online or stop in the UWSP International Programs office to pick up an application. Return the form to International Programs with a $250 deposit—if you are not accepted to the program, this money will be returned to you. This trip must have 20 students enrolled in order to meet the estimated cost figures. The group is limited to no-more-than 30 students. Applications are reviewed by the Program Leader for academic fit.

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The trip is open to all university students in good standing. Although preference is given to students studying Communication, then to UWSP students, other university students are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to attend all meetings, lectures and other scheduled activities before, during and after the study tour.


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Approximately $6250-6750 for the program, based on 20 participants. This includes round-trip airfare Chicago-Sydney, room with breakfast, meal allowances for lunch and dinner, ground transportation, coach tours and entrance fees, 3 credits UWSP Wisconsin resident undergraduate tuition, tour, and lectures. There is a $250 tuition surcharge for non-residents; Minnesota residents may apply for reciprocity. There is time at the end of the program for your personal exploration.


The tentative itinerary includes an Aboriginal leader-led trip to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area; day trips to Cabrametta, Olympic Park, Manly Beach, Koala Park and The Rocks; a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House (including attendance at an evening performance); and guided tours of Government House, a variety of museums, art galleries and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

At the end
of the study-tour, there is also an opportunity for individual travel to experience Australia, which is not directly related to the class content, but will allow students to travel and explore areas of Australia. In the past, students have visited Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, the Rainforests, Melbourne, Phillip Island, the Great Ocean Road, etc. Some even stopped in New Zealand on their return to the USA.


Communication 373 (WE). Communication and Social Change.
3 Credits and Writing Emphasis.
Graduate credit can also be arranged at an extra cost and requires participants to create a research project.


Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except $250 may be refunded for withdrawal. After that time, airline and housing cancellation charges may be assessed. If the program must be canceled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, UWSP International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or alter the program.


James M. Haney
Professor & Internship Director

Division of Communication
College of Fine Arts & Communication
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Phone - 715-346-4381
Fax - 715-346-4769
E-mail -
(Dr. Haney is available to give you travel advice)


International Programs, Collins Classroom Center (Room 108)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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