Canberra

CIEE  Sydney Study Tour - Spring Block I

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Australia’s capital Canberra is the political centre of the nation and a contested space where national memory of grandeur, achievements and episodes of oppression and failures are on display. State institutions such as the Parliament House and the Royal Australian Mint and public memorials such as Australian War Memorial and the Reconciliation Place narrate the winding narratives of this diverse continent.

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Friday

GUIDED TOUR OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Students will learn about how Australia commemorates the sacrifices of those Australians who have died in the war and those who have served the nation in times of conflict. The mission of the War Memorial is to lead the memory and understanding of Australia’s war experience. The tour will run for an hour from 1:30 – 2:30 and then students will have about 30 minutes to explore the War Memorial on their own. Students will be back on the bus at 3:00 pm.

INTRODUCTION TO CANBERRA – RED HILL LOOKOUT
Drive up to Red Hill to get some photo opportunities of the city and to have a general idea of the layout of Canberra. Back on the Bus at 16:00. Red Hill offers further spectacular views of the city. The two separate lookouts show different contrasting scenes illustrating two key periods in Canberra’s history.

Saturday

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE RECONCILIATION PLACE
Located in the Parliamentary Zone, places the Reconciliation process physically and symbolically at the heart of Australia’s democratic life and institutions. Wander down pathways among public artworks and explore the themes of Indigenous achievements, partnerships, belonging and connection to the land and waters.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Students will enjoy the Australian national art collection, showcased in an impressive purpose-built gallery. Almost every big name you could think of from Australian and international art, past and present, is represented. The National Art Gallery tour runs from 2:15 – 3:15 and focuses on Aboriginal art. You will have some time before and after to explore galleries. Bus departs at 3:30.

Sunday

GUIDED TOUR OF NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Located on Capital Hill in Canberra, New Parliament House is where members of parliament meet to represent the Australian people and make decisions for the nation. Parliament House is a unique building that has become an enduring symbol of Australia’s democracy. The tour will run from 10:30 – 11:30. Students will be back on the bus at 11:45 am to be dropped off at city Centre.

Free Time Suggestions

Capital Region Farmers Markets

There are over 100 stallholders each week and they ring freshly picked produce. A great place to speak to stallholders and learn about the growing seasons in Australia. You can pick up some tips about cooking and storing food.

Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin is an integral part of Canberra’s design and is a vital element in the plan for the nation’s capital. The lake consists of the waters of the Molonglo River between Scrivener Dam and the Dairy Road Bridge.

National Portrait Gallery

There are over 400 portraits of people who have helped shape the Australian nation. Gain a better understanding of the Australian people- their identity, history, creativity, culture and diversity- through portraiture.

National Museum of Canberra

The Museum’s stunning architecture provide an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Take a guided tour or wander solo through many exhibitions. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspiration objects of Australian history.

Questacon

Questacon is the National Science and Technology Centre and is located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin. It has more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology.

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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