New Zealand: Interaction of Indigenous and European Cultures

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Cynthia Resor is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and has taught four different study abroad courses. She holds a Ph.D. in history, a M.A. in humanities, and a Rank I in secondary social studies education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses including social studies for teachers as well as medieval history, European survey courses, daily life in history, and humanities. She began her career as a high school social studies teacher. She conducts professional development sessions for teachers, has published several articles in various journals related to history and social studies education, and is the author of two books about daily life in the past. Cynthia loves history, especially the history of daily life and ordinary people, and she is always trying to spread her enthusiasm about history inside and outside of the classroom. She worked as a costumed interpreter, a "fake" Shaker, at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in central Kentucky and loves to surprise her students by appearing in class in historical costumes. She forces her family, friends, and students to visit old cemeteries and historical sites. Her vacations revolve around historical themes and locations. She lives in an old house, collects old stuff, names her dogs and chickens after historical people, and is probably a dangerous driver because she listens to historical novels in the car. Study abroad is the next best thing to her dream job - to be the tour guide with a time traveling machine.

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New Zealand: Interaction of Indigenous and European Cultures

Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 9, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
HIST 479 / 491


Course Description:
Discover New Zealand’s history and how its unique geography impacted the native Maori culture and European colonizers. We’ll explore history in the streets and museums of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; a Maori village; and the geothermal wonders of the Ring of Fire and Lake Taupo. Learn what attracted the first Polynesian settlers over 700 years ago and Dutch and British explorers like Captain James Cook in the 17th and 18th century. The complex interaction between sailors, missionaries, colonists and the native Maori will be the focus of our journey. And maybe you will see a mythical hobbit.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared to walk 5 – 7 miles per day.

Course Highlights:
Upper level or Graduate history course open to ALL students/majors Course can be used in a history major, as general education with any major; also appropriate for social studies teachers or pre-service teachers Focus on the interactions between indigenous Maori and European colonial interaction Place-based study of history - we'll look for history in the natural and built environment (towns and cities) as well as the influence of the natural environment.