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Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies: a unique opportunity to enhance Antarctic education and outreach

Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies: a unique opportunity to enhance Antarctic education and outreach
Llara MacGilloway


Llara MacGilloway
Hawera High School, Hawera, 13 Camberwell Rd, Hawera (and University of Canterbury)

Daniela Liggett
Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140


Llara MacGilloway a Biology and Environmental Science teacher in a small rural school in South Taranaki, New Zealand who has just completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) at the University of Canterbury. Completing this course has opened up a world of educational possibilities in the New Zealand Education System by providing an opportunity to make students aware of Antarctic issues. This unique course which teaches Antarctic Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective, has allowed the creation of teaching resources at Level 3 of NZQA related to Antarctica.

PCAS is a 15 week, in-depth, multi-disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It includes a 10 day visit to Antarctica, supported by Antarctica New Zealand, where participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base. This course enables participants to take their knowledge and passion for Antarctica back to their academic lives and communities.

For Llara the course made her aware of the possibilities of teaching the next generation about the on-going scientific issues surrounding Antarctica and opening up their world to the possible future of working in Antarctica. The poster outlines the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies and how educational resources can be created using Antarctica as its base within the New Zealand education system.

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    27 Jun 2013

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  • Last minute information for attendees
    20 Jun 2013

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Key dates

  • 11th June 2013
    Registrations close
  • 21st June 2013
    Registrations at the AAD open for staff
  • 24th June 2013
    Registrations at the venue open
  • 24th June 2013
    Conference commences
  • 26th June 2013
    Conference concludes

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