Pacific and Indigenous Studies (2018)

Pacific and Indigenous Studies provides students the opportunity to develop a depth of expertise in Pacific and Indigenous Studies, whilst also enabling expansion of that knowledge within a broader context, by allowing the flexibility for students to complete a range of papers from within the Maori and Indigenous Studies, Arts and Social Science fields, as well as electives from other Faculties. The Major focuses on concepts such as method, culture, critical thought, sustainability and identity and, thus, will be underpinned by integrity, including ethical standards, self-reflection and the will of graduates to apply such knowledge for the wider benefit of Pacific communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and other Pacific nations.

Pacific and Indigenous Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Pacific and Indigenous Studies may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Pacific and Indigenous Studies as a single major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Pacific and Indigenous Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete ANTHY102, PACIS100, PACIS200, MAORI203, and 15 points from ANTHY202 or LINGS203, and PACIS300, MAORI303, MAORI304 and 15 points from ANTHY308 or ANTHY300.

To complete Pacific and Indigenous Studies as part of a double major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Pacific and Indigenous Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include PACIS100, PACIS200 and PACIS300.

To complete a minor in Pacific and Indigenous Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Pacific and Indigenous Studies major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must include PACIS100 and PACIS200.


On this page

  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY102New Zealand and the Pacific18B (Hamilton)
    Social and cultural change in Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.
    MAORI103Introduction to Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies18B (Hamilton)
    This course examines Maori, Pacific and Indigenous peoples’ philosophies and relationships with land, language, culture, resources, development and political frameworks within settler-colonial states and Pacific nations and others.
    PACIS100Introduction to Pacific Histories, Languages and Cultures18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to foundational elements of Pacific Studies, including various histories, languages and cultures and their importance to contemporary societies, surveying a number of Pacific Nations.
    POLSC102New Zealand Politics and Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a foundation for the study of public policy, with a particular focus on the New Zealand government context and the "politics" of policy making.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY202Polynesian Ethnography18A (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.
    GEOGY219Maori Lands and Communities18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to Maori geographical perspectives and examines key events that shape Maori communities and their relationships to land, water and other taonga.
    HISTY225Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the narrative constructions, ethical and methodological approaches, employed in indigenous histories. It compares and contrasts native histories from different parts of the world.
    LINGS203Language, Society and Culture18A (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.
    MAORI203Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples18A (Hamilton)
    The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research methodologies by Indigenous peoples to counteract Imperial research, and to empower and decolonise.
    MAORI204Maori and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton)
    This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.
    PACIS200Pacific Migration, Diaspora and Identity18B (Hamilton)
    This paper looks at the various socio-historic influences on migration in the Pacific and the relationship between Indigenous cultures of origin and diasporic cultures and identities formed in countries such as Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and the US.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

This page has been reformatted for printing.