Anthropology (2020)

Broadly speaking, Anthropology can be defined as 'the study of humanity'. Anthropologists at the University of Waikato are particularly concerned with sociocultural anthropology - the comparative study of the whole range of human societies and cultures in their many forms. Here, the distinguishing methodology is the 'ethnographic' or 'face-to-face' study of specific communities and lifeways. The Pacific region, with its diverse societies and cultures, is the main focus of teaching and research in Anthropology.

Anthropology is available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Anthropology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Anthropology as a single major, students must gain 135 points including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.

To complete Anthropology as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.

To complete a minor in Anthropology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Anthropology major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Anthropology papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Anthropology papers above 200 level.


On this page


  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Anth) and GradDip(Anth)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Anthropology at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Anth), PGDip(Anth), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Anthropology papers or all their undergraduate Anthropology papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ANTHY591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Anthropology.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Anthropology, a student must have completed either:

    a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Anthropology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Anthropology papers or all of their undergraduate Anthropology papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

    Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Anthropology vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including ANTHY515 and SSRP503, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY101Exploring Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology20A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to sociocultural anthropology and the comparative study of human societies and cultures, in all their various forms. An examination of social, political and economic organisation, beliefs, values and ideologies.
    ANTHY102New Zealand and the Pacific20B (Hamilton)
    Social and cultural change in Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY201Ethnicity and Identity20B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on ethnicity and related categories of division such as "race" and nation. It explores how these concepts link to identity in different cultures and societies.
    ANTHY202The Polynesians: Tangata o Te Moana20A (Hamilton)
    An anthropological overview of the indigenous cultures of the vast 'Polynesian triangle', from their ancient explorations and settlements, through their engagements with christianity, colonialism and capitalism, to their contemporary societies and diasporas.
    ANTHY207Magic, Witchcraft and Religion20A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the anthropological study of religion and illustrates the crucial role religion has played in shaping human societies and human history more generally.
    LINGS203Language, Society and Culture20B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY300Power in the Pacific20A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
    ANTHY301Imagining Cultures20A (Hamilton)
    This paper critically examines the concept of 'culture', especially how it was relativised, pluralised and democratised by the twentieth century discipline of anthropology.
    ANTHY308Melanesian Ethnography20A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the anthropological work undertaken within Melanesia and demonstrates its centrality to the discipline as a whole.
    ANTHY325Maori Heritage Management20G (Hamilton)
    The paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, particularly in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu
    ANTHY390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
    This course consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by a student working under supervision.
    GEOGY323Indigenous Geographies20B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on indigenous experiences of imperialism and colonialism. It places into comparative context the impacts of colonial processes upon indigenous communities and their lands and resources.
    LINGS301Research Apprenticeship20B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with an opportunity to pursue an extended research project, in a sub-discipline of linguistics or anthropology (e.g. sociolinguistics, typology, documentation, anthropology), focusing on a heritage language/culture.
    MAORI304Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts20A (Hamilton)
    This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in the Pacific, and also as a concept where Indigenous peoples can be prominent in influencing discourses.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY515Ethnographic Research20A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an in depth introduction to ethnographic research, including its ethical, theoretical, and methodical components.
    ANTHY520Tribes, Empires, Nations20B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines tribes, empires, and nations as historically distinct types of political systems, and the ongoing influence of tribal and imperial cultures and institutions in diverse contemporary nation-states.
    ANTHY521Environmental Anthropology20A (Hamilton)
    This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current envrionmental concerns, beliefs, practices and ideologies.
    ANTHY525Māori Heritage Management20G (Hamilton)
    This paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, especially in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu development.
    ANTHY589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    ANTHY590Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    ANTHY591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ANTHY592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ANTHY593Anthropology Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ANTHY594Anthropology Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTH800Anthropology MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTH900Anthropology PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am

This page has been reformatted for printing.