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RESILIENT CITIES & SUSTAINABILITY

SPRING SEMESTER IN SYDNEY

Explore resiliency and sustainability in Sydney.

Explore contemporary issues such as climate change, air quality, water use, waste
management, energy consumption, and building resilience in our cities, while gaining an understanding of the complex cultural, economic, and political factors that influence environmental policy making.

January 15, 2020
thru April 18, 2020
Program Fee: $18,145
Application Deadline October 17, 2019

The Sydney Experience

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Experience

Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Sydney with our My Global City events: go on a food crawl through Newtown to find eclectic flavors, visit The Rocks and explore this historical site, or take in the stunning views of the coastline on a walk from Bondi to Coogee.
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Live like a Sydneysider and stay in a homestay, or opt to live in shared apartments. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.
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Curriculum: People, Place and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; Resilient Cities; plus additional courses of your choice from the Global Cities curriculum.

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Chooes an optional Internship Placement in an organization related to sustainability along with the Internship Course. Learn More

Learn About Studying with CAPA in Sydney

 

CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Tuition

Earn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.

Housing

You can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

Local Transit Pass

A local transit pass is provided for the duration of the program.

Excursions & Activities

A full-day excursion to the dazzling Blue Mountains, which includes a visit to Featherdale National Park, where you can get up close and personal with kangaroos and koalas, and an incredible dinner and overnight stay at the Taronga Zoo. Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner, and a farewell ceremony.

Internship & Volunteer

Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits and gain valuable skills.

My Global City

As part of the Sydney Welcome Week, the start of your program includes a coastal walk from the famous Bondi Beach to Coogee, an evening visit to the Sydney Observatory to view the starry night sky, trivia at a local city pub to learn all about the neighborhood and the nation, and an Aboriginal Cultural Workshop at the harborside suburb of Barrangaroo. Throughout the rest of your program, self-guided events will be offered each week.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.

Insurance

As a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Support

Our team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

spring Courses

 

The curriculum consists of two courses: People, Place and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; and Resilient Cities; plus an optional internship placement and accompanying Internship Course and additional courses of your choice from the Global Cities curriculum.

Abnormal Psychology  

This course will introduce the psychological, biological, and experiential factors thought to influence the symptoms, etiology, course/prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders in adults. Students will develop an understanding of the rationale for the diagnostic criteria and other clinical signs accompanying common DSM-5 disorders; causal and maintenance factors of disorders; and examples of empirically supported treatments. (Pending SOR approval)

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SDNY PSYC 3361

Advertising and Promotions  

This course will introduce the basic components of marketing communications, including advertising, direct marketing communications, sales promotions, public relations and publicity, and personal selling. Students will develop an understanding of the concept of integrated marketing communication as an organizational tool and as a philosophy for campaign planning; and explore the process of advertising and promotions communications activities, including creative and media planning and strategy, and the other promotional elements in the communications mix.

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SDNY COMM 3374

Advertising and Society  

This course will introduce the linkages between advertising and society. Students will explore the fundamentals of advertising; examine the subject of advertising through a critical and dispassionate viewpoint, rather than a managerial or practitioner's viewpoint; and develop an understanding of advertising as a shaping agent, how it influences individuals and societies, the dynamic nature of the relationship, and the impacts (both positive and negative) that advertising may have on individuals and societies.

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SDNY COMM 3373

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Sydney  

This course will introduce the impact of globalization on Sydney. Students will explore Sydney's development, from early Indigenous connections to Sydney as tribal country, the establishment of a colonial outpost of the British Empire, through to the multicultural metropolis it is today; examine how colonization, migration, economic modernization, and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants; develop an understanding of changing dynamics and identities of communities within Sydney; and analyze forces that have shaped Sydney’s relationship with Asia and the rest of the world.

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SDNY URBS 3345

  • Globally Networked Learning
Art Down Under - From the Dream-time to the Present  

This course will examine many of the major movements, debates, and accomplishments that have occurred in Australian art, from Dreamtime to the present day. Students will develop an understanding of the major ideas and issues regarding Aboriginal art, focusing on the themes of tradition, identity, and place; investigate the influence and contribution to Australian art of feminism and multiculturalism; deepen their knowledge of Australian society and culture; and explore the ways in which it reveals itself through art.

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SDNY ARTH 3311

Australian Cinema - Representation and Identity  

This course will examine the rich history of Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. Students will develop an understanding of the historical context of Australian cinema, from modes of production to distribution; investigate the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition; compare and contrast Australian and US films; and consider the extent to which Australian films have reflected or determined Australian values

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SDNY FILM 2211

  • Globally Networked Learning
Australian Government and Politics in the Pacific Rim Context  

This course will examine the government and politics of Australia and Australian engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Students will analyze Australia’s similarities with and differences from the North American democratic model; explore Australia's substantial and abiding interests in the Asian region; develop an understanding of the magnitude of the influence that the Asia Pacific region has had on Australian foreign policy; and explore the continuing importance of cultural and political inheritance in the development of Australian public and foreign policy.

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SDNY PSCI 3351

Australian History: Aboriginal History to Colonization  

This course will examine the historical origins of contemporary issues in Australia, such as race, immigration, popular culture, gender, politics, foreign policy, and the environment. Students will critically analyze the impact of Australian history on present and future issues and events; identify how power, privilege, and inequality have shaped and been shaped by government policy; develop a deeper understanding of the complex nature of Australian society, its different elements, and their shared pasts; and situate Australia within its global context.

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SDNY HIST 3314

Australian, Asian and Pacific Literatures  

This course will explore literature from the Australian, Asian, and South Pacific region. Students will focus on Australia's colonial outback and horsemen stories, cosmopolitanism of the 1980s, aboriginal literature of the 1990s, and contemporary Torres Strait and Polynesian literatures; develop an understanding of reformulations of place that respond to both contemporary and traditional understandings of islands, archipelagoes, and identity; investigate how national and ethnic identity, gender, sexuality, and class are depicted; and consider how such issues as identity politics, the environment, and globalization are depicted in literature from across the Asia-Pacific region.

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SDNY COLT 3312

Gender, Culture and Society  

This course will explore a range of theories and debates that surround the issue of gender in both Australian and international contexts. Students will develop an understanding of key concepts and ideas that have been applied to the study of gendered identity; critically analyze gendered identity in both Australia and the United States; and examine historical and contemporary case studies in order to investigate how and why gender is such a critical element of past and present identity politics.

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SDNY SOCY 3355

Global Internship Course - Sydney 3 Credits  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills, contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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SDNY INTP 3347

Global Internship Course - Sydney 6 Credits  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills, contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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SDNY INTP 3348

Global Workforce Management  

This course will provide students with an integrative framework for understanding the challenges associated with effective workforce management on a global scale. Students will acquire knowledge of related theories and concepts, key management issues, and human resources management practices associated with the globalization of workforces; engage with real world news and case studies focusing on Australia and the Asia Pacific region; apply the principles of human resources management to align global workforces with company strategies; and learn how to manage each component of the employee life cycle in global settings.

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SDNY BUSN 3378

  • Globally Networked Learning
Immigration: People Moving, Moving People  

This course will explore the causes and consequences of migration for communities, personal identities, national identities, politics, ethics, and the environment. Students will examine various reasons for people-moving and moving people across borders; investigate the myths and controversies involved; develop an understanding of how notions of belonging, citizenship, nationality, nationhood, and ‘the other’ are constructed, proliferated, and manipulated; contextualize Australia’s involvement and reaction to immigration in a global schema; analyze related case studies drawn from both Australian and international examples; and participate in field trips.

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SDNY SOCY 3358

Indigenous People and Modernity  

This course will explore the implications of modernity for Indigenous peoples of the planet. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of colonization, the contribution of rights frameworks in enhancing the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, and approaches to development for non-urban Indigenous communities, using Aboriginal Australia—the oldest living culture on the planet—as a case study. Students will also undertake their own research into the condition of Native Americans and compare the two case studies.

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SDNY ANTH 3354

Intercultural Communication: Theories, Practice and Factors  

This course will examine the complexity of intercultural communication in everyday situations. Students will develop an understanding of current theory and research in intercultural communication through a critical perspective; analyze the ways that social relationships between participants are reflected in their communication; explore applied perspectives, particularly on cross-cultural communication in workplace interactions; acquire knowledge of tools and theories necessary to comprehend intercultural practices from different parts of the world; and compare these with the culture of the United States.

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SDNY COMM 3353

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior  

This course will introduce ways in which theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of the international workplace. Students will focus on the international application of core management theories and strategies based on interdisciplinary research; develop a deeper understanding of human behavior within the setting of a global work environment; and critically reflect on how theoretical frameworks can be applied and developed within the organizational setting. This course will incorporate Globally Networked Learning technology to explore students’ internship experiences in both London and Sydney.

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SDNY BUSN 3376

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Economics  

This course will examine key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will develop an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics, and finance; and explore such topics as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment (both goods and services and capital and labor), the global finance architecture, and competing in a global marketplace, as well as two underlying themes evident throughout the module: contemporary context and localized content of the material.

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SDNY BUSN 3374

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Finance  

This course will explore the topic of international finance and the fact that, in a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest, and conduct business operations internationally. Students will analyze opportunities and risks associated with international finance; acquire knowledge of theoretical concepts of finance and their adaptation to the international context; develop an understanding of historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, foreign exchange markets, exposure management, and financial management of a multinational firm; and investigate the impact of current economic and political developments on international finance.

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SDNY BUSN 3373

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Marketing  

This course will explore terms, concepts, and theories of marketing in the international context, as well as its scope and challenges. Students will examine how global dimensions technology, research, capital, investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; gain insight into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing; analyze current international marketing issues and their implications; and develop an understanding of how companies develop strategic plans that are competitive to survive and succeed in global markets.

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SDNY BUSN 3372

  • Globally Networked Learning
Managing Global Supply Chains  

This course will focus on issues within operations of relevance in a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Students will analyze examples of companies collaborating across the globe; develop an understanding of the operational and tactical aspects of managing a network of multiple facilities; investigate their strategic implications; consider legal, ethical, operational, venture risk, and reliability factors; and examine such topics as outsourcing and offshoring, information technology in operations, designing and managing global supply chains, managing inventory and global logistics, and sustainability.

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SDNY BUSN 3380

  • Globally Networked Learning
People, Place and Culture - Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific  

This course will explore the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. Students will develop an understanding of the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to the present day; focus on topics as broad as the peopling of the Pacific and the challenge of climate change to selected issues, such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to natural disasters, and increasing urbanization; and examine the intersection of culture and nature.

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SDNY GEOG 3390

Resilient Cities  

This course is an introductory course on urban resilience and concepts in sustainability and its principles and the sustainable development of cities in the global, regional, and local contexts. The course will cover the environmental, socio-economic, and structural problems of contemporary cities and their consequences on natural systems and built communities. It provides a framework to examine the challenges of urbanism, issues facing cities and an opportunity to evaluate and explore “solutions”. (Pending SOR approval)

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SDNY GEOG/URBS 3350

Sport in Australian Society  

This course will introduce the role of sports in Australian culture, their historical context through to their importance in today’s Australian society. Students will examine the central role of sports in the development of the Australian character and identity; investigate the ways in which they have helped forge, and provide, a focus for Australian nationalism; explore the projection of Australians internationally on the global sporting stage; discuss the role of ethics in sports; and develop an understanding of sports as a reflection of the Australian identity throughout history.

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SDNY SOCY 3356

Sports Management  

This course will introduce theories, concepts, knowledge, and skills for managers in commercialized and community-based sports in the Australian context. Students will develop an understanding of the range of challenges facing 21st century sports managers, including a complex socio cultural environment, competitive business markets, the management of a range of key stakeholders, the future of sports management, and strategic planning to meet future sporting organizations’ objectives; evaluate how public policy, sports governance, and legislative requirements impact on the management of sporting organizations; and explore Australia’s wider social utility of sports.

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SDNY BUSN 3383

Sports Marketing  

This course will examine the techniques and strategies of sports marketing. Students will explore the topics of professionalism and corporatization of sports; develop an awareness of the necessity of securing various revenue streams, including sponsorships, investment opportunities, government grants, and the fundraising potential of individuals, teams, clubs, and facilities; acquire knowledge of the promotion of sports through various traditional and digital marketing channels; and, using Australian case studies, develop and implement marketing strategies and plans.

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SDNY BUSN 3382

Writing for Environmental Advocacy  

This course focuses on writing in response to the natural environment, primarily as a tool to raise awareness of environmental challenges and to advocate for ways to meet those challenges.  We’ll read a variety of voices and styles of advocacy writing, always with a strong focus on the craft of language: How does the writing reach its target and accomplish its goal? What makes the writing persuasive? 

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SDNY WRTG/GEOG 3349

Writing the Global City - Sydney  

This is a creative writing workshop. Students will explore creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place; respond to their experience of Sydney through their own writing; evaluate and critique their work and that of others; read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically, from both native and foreign perspectives; examine literary techniques and strategies used to express experiences and observations; and participate in walking tours of the city in order to acquire a sense of place.

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SDNY CWRT 3317

  • Globally Networked Learning

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