The Political Science Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with the assistance of the University’s Division of International Studies & Programs, is pleased to introduce its Pacific Studies Program - a pioneering collaborative initiative between A&M-Kingsville and the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Pacific Studies Program (PSP) is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville and Dr. Elaine Webster, Director, Summer School and Continuing Education, University of Otago. The PSP will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in New Zealand from July 5th, 2012, through July 22nd, 2012, attending classes at the University of Otago, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater Otago region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, sustainability and environmental policies, etc., with reference to both the greater Pacific region and New Zealand.

Dr. Christine Reiser-Robbins, Anthropology Program, Texas A&M-Kingsville, is directing a Service Learning Project, a special component of the PSP. The PSP will facilitate interaction between middle and high school students from Bishop School District, Texas, and Logan Park High School, Dunedin, Otago, through the application of Internet-enabled technologies.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of New Zealand and the surrounding region. This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Law School at U of Otago? Possibly!

Separate from our own classes, I attended a lecture on introductory law through an invitation by Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, U of Otago. Given my interest in attending law school, I was delighted to have had this opportunity. The lecture hall accommodated three hundred and twenty-five students, very different from our classes at TAMU-K!
Professor Henaghan had a particularly pronounced Kiwi accent and I had to really concentrate to follow his lecture. His lecture was very fast-paced but very well organized; I enjoyed it a lot.
Perhaps the most interesting difference between law schools in New Zealand and the U. S. is that students can start law school in New Zealand soon after high school. This option allows students to get both a law degree and an undergraduate degree in another field within five years.
I really enjoyed the lecture and will definitely consider attending law school at the U of Otago.

-Daniela D.

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