The Department of Anthropology and the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science offer a joint foreign study program (FSP) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the only off campus program in the South Pacific, and is held during winter term in Hanover, which is of course summer in New Zealand. Themed around an exploration of "Colonialism and its Legacies," the program offers students intensive introductions to anthropology of the region, and to Maori studies, the Maori being the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Students engage in a deep exploration of New Zealand's past, present, and future through experiential learning opportunities, including
- living in an international student dorm and in home stays with Auckland families
- Kapa Haka (Maori song and martial arts) intensives
- excursions across the North Island
- classes during the University of Auckland's summer school
- a course on colonialism and postcolonial societies taught by a Dartmouth faculty member.
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 at the end of February.
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. In addition, those students concentrating in anthropology take two courses from local faculty, Anthropology 52, "Introduction to Maori Society," and Anthropology 54, "Foreign Study in Anthropology." Those concentrating in linguistics take, in addition to Anthropology 51, Linguistics 8, "The Structure of Maori," and an additional course in linguistics or Maori Studies.