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The Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Studies offer a joint foreign study program in Auckland, New Zealand, the only Dartmouth off-campus program in the South Pacific. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, with a culturally diverse population of about one million. Classes are held at the University of Auckland in the Departments of Anthropology and Maori Studies. (The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.) The University of Auckland is an internationally recognized center for the study of Pacific archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Students live and study alongside New Zealand students of European, Maori, Pacific Island, and Asian descent, learning about their cultures from personal contacts as well as from classes. As enrolled members of the University's summer school, Dartmouth students have access to all the facilities of a major university, including the student recreation center.
The academic program is eight weeks long and comprises the following: (a) a four-day tour of significant Maori and colonial historical sites north of Auckland; (b) seven weeks of classes at the University; (c) various excursions in the Auckland area; and (d) a three-day stay at a Maori meeting house on the coast north of Auckland. The program begins at the end of December and finishes on or before March 1. All participants take the Dartmouth course, Anthropology 51, "Colonialism and Its Legacies in Anthropological Perspective," which is taught by a member of the Dartmouth faculty. Students concentrating in linguistics take, in addition to Anthropology 51, Linguistics 8, "The Structure of Maori," and Linguistics 54.
In January, Dartmouth students live in the International House, a dorm and dining complex about a ten minute walk from the University and the city center. Housing a mixture of New Zealand and foreign students, it has a library, music practice room, study room, tennis and squash courts, several lounges, and a games room. In February students live with local families of various ethnic backgrounds in the greater Auckland area.
Linguistics: Linguistics 1, "Introductory Linguistics," and one other linguistics course in the 20s.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.