English is about language, history and culture. It is about art and aesthetics, meaning and value. At the University of Waikato, papers are drawn from literatures written in English since Medieval times, and from all major English-speaking cultures, especially from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, the Pacific and New Zealand. English is the home of the University's programme in Writing Studies.
English is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). English may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete English as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for English, including at least 45 points at 200 level and at least 60 points at 300 level. At least 105 points must be gained from ENGLI-coded papers.
To complete English as part of a double major for the BA and other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level.
To complete a minor in English, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the English major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.
Students considering graduate study in English are advised to include a range of modern and historical papers in English in their undergraduate programme of study.
Note: Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in English papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in English papers above 200 level.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Engl) and GradDip(Engl)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Engl) and GradDip(Engl)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included English at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA
To complete a BA(Hons) in English, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ENGLI591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for English.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in English, a student must have completed either:
a) a BA with a major in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip in English (or equivalent) with at least a B average, and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
Completion requirements for the MA in English vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, 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, or 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.
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.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI100 Telling the Story 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, using picturebooks, fairytales, popular film, detective fiction and short stories. ENGLI101 Adapting Stories 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI200 Global Fictions 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper examines literary responses to the contemporary world. We will study international writing that grapples with issues associated with gender, race, technology, terrorism, and climate change. ENGLI201 Utopias and Dystopias 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper provides an introduction to utopian and dystopian writing and the way in which literature gives voice to the dreams and fears of humanity. ENGLI202 Shakespeare's Worlds 15.0 23C (Hamilton) This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs from many other Renaissance artists. PACIS201 Pacific Texts 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores the diverse written, film, media and online texts of the Pacific region. The main focus is on contemporary texts; these will be contextualised by an examination of traditional Pacific textual forms and the histories of textual production in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. WRITE201 Food Writing 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus. WRITE202 Creative Writing: Voice and Image 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.' WRITE203 Creative Writing: Inspiring Work 15.0 23G (Hamilton) This intensive, workshop-based paper, taught by award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey, examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing. Students will consider historical theories of artistic inspiration as well as the methods of practising writers. Thematic lectures around the central topic will address rit... WRITE205 Writing for the Screen 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during workshop sessions. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: world-making, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences. Students will produce a portfolio of writing, including pro...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI300 Theory Matters 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper reads primary literary texts through a range of theories of literature, for example, historicist approaches, deconstruction/post-structuralism, gender studies, psychoanalysis, and theories of narrative and representation. ENGLI301 Genre Studies: Challenging Forms 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as tragedy, poetry, travel writing, autobiography, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year. ENGLI303 Looking Back: Reading Now 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary readers and the reception of historical literary texts. WRITE300 Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts including memoir, biography, the personal/lyric essay, and auto/biographical meta-fiction.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ALPSS590 Directed Study 30.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff. ENGLI509 The Literature of Trauma 30.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper explores the relationship between memory, suffering and writing in the literature of war, the Holocaust, physical trauma and mental illness. ENGLI531 Literature and Medicine 30.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores literature's engagement with the body and mind, mapping out the arts' responses to medical advances from the 1850s to the present. We will study public and literary reactions to such things as germs, vaccinations, nervous disorders, cancer, and tuberculosis. ENGLI591 Dissertation 30.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ENGLI592 Dissertation 60.0 23X (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ENGLI593 English Thesis 90.0 23X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. ENGLI594 English Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. WRITE501 Writing for Publication 30.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores different forms of published output, including poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising, digital and print media, and essays/features. WRITE501 addresses research, drafting, editing and proof-reading, and issues such as privacy, defamation and informed consent. WRITE546 Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment 30.0 23A (Hamilton) A writing-intensive paper focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI800 English MPhil Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI900 English PhD Thesis 120.0 23I (Hamilton), 23J (Hamilton), 23K (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton) No description available.
2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 30 September 2022 10:04am