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Summer - From the Maori to Middle Earth: Communicating Colonization through Contemporary Work in New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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BC Department: Communication Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Communication major/minor elective
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: COMM 221801
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The Program
Aotearoa/New Zealand is a country full of contradiction. With the first people setting foot on “the land of the long white cloud” only 800 years ago, the country is home to enduring Maori traditions but also grapples with intractable issues of post-colonialism.

Strong identifications with “Kiwi identity” nestle alongside a growing immigrant population and meaningful multiculturalism. Lush biodiversity contrasts with some of the most pressing climate change issues, including the depletion of the Ozone layer over Australasia. Additionally New Zealand companies are responsive to local interests while simultaneously making global headlines in agribusiness, technology, and other innovative markets. Such contradiction means that New Zealand is a different country for different people, and it is this broad diversity that makes it an excellent site for the study of organizational communication.

Program Datesnz 2016

Arrival in Auckland: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Departure from Auckland: Saturday, June 16, 2018

Faculty Leader

Celeste C. Wells


This course will provide the opportunity for students to study organizational communication within the contexts and cultures in New Zealand. The course will begin with historical background of the colonization of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Maori experience, transition from this rich entwining of people and land to a study of the country’s biggest export earner, the dairy industry, and then move to exploration of the country’s burgeoning high-tech, start up, and film industries. 

By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: 1) Capably identify and name key organizational communication theories and concepts and explain how they are exemplified in New Zealand’s history of colonialism as well as contemporary organizational practices. 2) Recognize the communicative practices Maori people use to maintain their social and cultural history and present community by visiting the Maori cultural center as well as meeting with Maori leaders. 3) Generate a substantial scholarly essay on communication, labor and land in New Zealand.  

Draft Syllabus: From the Maori to Middle Earth_Wells


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,100)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Auckland and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Mealsmaori 2016

Students will be housed in a hotel during the duration of their stay in Auckland. A few group meals will be included, but students should budget for the majority of their food costs. 

Cultural Activities
• Te Hana Te Ao Marama – Maori Cultural Center
• Auckland Museum - Maori and Pacific Island Collections
• Howick Historical Village
• Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
• Waikato – dairy and sheep farming province with site visits to several farms
• Waikato & Taupo - Regions used during the filming of the “Lord of the Rings” series
• Auckland Central Business District
• Waitomo – geothermal sites

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Auckland.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.