Our Subjects

American Studies
Informs students about the cultures, the history, the literature and politics of the countries that make up the Americas.

The comparative study of the whole range of contemporary human societies and cultures, particularly the Pacific region, from tribal and peasant through to industrial and global.

Applied Linguistics
At graduate level leads to academic and professional careers in language related areas including language education and in particular second language teaching.

Involves the study of Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and the history, culture and society of imperial and present day China.

Creative Practices
Creative Practices is no longer offered as a subject for students commencing undergraduate studies at the university. Current students should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Creative Technologies
Creative Technologies is no longer offered as a subject for students commencing undergraduate studies at the university. Current students should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Creative Writing
Enables students to develop an additional strength in imaginative writing and creative non-fiction, and will enhance their ability to write effectively in a range of genres.

Design Media
Design Media is no longer offered as a subject for students commencing undergraduate studies at the university. Current students should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Digital Cinema
Is a graduate specialisation available in conjunction with the Postgraduate Diploma in Screen and Media Studies.

Almost every issue in society can be viewed from an economic perspective and economics is behind much of what happens in current affairs.

Education and Society
Involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education.

Is about language, history and culture. It is about art and aesthetics, meaning and value.

English as a Second Language
Refers to the learning of academic English by students whose first language is not English.

Environmental Planning
Is based on the recognition that environmental problems and solutions involve social, economic and cultural dimensions as well as the natural and physical environment.

Provides an excellent grounding in evaluative theory and reasoning for a professional future in the public service, the health sector, social work, the environmental agencies, and in business.

Is one of the world's most important languages, being widely used in trade and diplomacy.

Geographic Information Systems
A specialisation which aims to ensure that students are proficient in the full range of GIS functions and can use GIS with a wide range of data sets and applications.

A clearer grasp of Geography can provide insight into environmental, social and cultural problems and help us manage resources more effectively.

Is concerned not only with the study of the past but also with basic issues of historical knowledge.

Human Development
Has at its core the development of the individuals, groups and communities, including families, at different ages across the lifespan.

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Is designed to prepare students for careers in the broad, ever-changing field of employment relations, human resource management, workplace change, and education and training.

International Languages and Cultures
Enables students to develop a pathway in an international language, one of Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

International Relations and Security Studies
Offers students the opportunity of an undergraduate specialisation and advanced (graduate) study in security and strategic matters, or in issues of trade and globalisation.

Studying Japan's fascination culture and language provides a stimulating insight into an important Asian country and a valuable basis for an international career.

Labour Studies
The starting point of Labour Studies is the world of work and employment, and the social environment in which they take place.

Studying Linguistics provides insights into the way languages work, and enhances students' understanding of their own language and of those they are studying.

Plays an important role in the world of ideas, the sciences, the business world, and even the home.

The study of Music can open doors to a future in teaching, creative and performance vocational opportunities and enhance the appreciation of music with the knowledge gained from the practice of theoretical skills.

Māori & Pacific Development
Provides a critical understanding of the field of development (activities which lead to the enhancement of a particular community's well-being), and an introduction to some of the skills necessary for development practice.

Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
It is important that all New Zealanders have a basic understanding of the Maori world-view.

New Zealand Studies - Akoranga Aotearoa
is an interdisciplinary programme of study which draws together papers about New Zealand history, culture and identity.

Pacific Studies
Is an interdisciplinary programme which enables students to study a variety of topics relating to contemporary communities in the Pacific Islands and in New Zealand.

Is concerned with the most general and fundamental problems that confront human beings in their attempt to understand reality; problems concerning human nature itself, as well at the physical and social world we inhabit.

Political Science
Studies all aspects of political life, and comprises four main areas of study: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy.

Population Studies
Is the study of population changes in relation to the cultural, social and economic change, and to social and economic policy.

Population Studies & Demography
A graduate programme which provides core material in the discipline of Demography and emphasises an integrated approach to population studies.

Originally the study of the spirit or soul (psyche), Psychology is today a diverse discipline which embraces all aspects of human experience.

Public Policy
Analyses and evaluates how national, regional and local institutions of the state initiate, develop and implement policies.

Screen and Media Studies
Provides the skills and understanding for citizens in today's rapidly-evolving media environments.

Social Policy
Deals with issues that affect people and society. It examines the policies and practices of government and non-governmental agencies and the impact of these on communities.

Social Science Research
The activity of gathering, analysing and interpreting information for a variety of social, economic, educational and political purposes.

Social Work
Social Workers enable people to function within society with as much ease as possible. They work to promote self-determination and autonomy and to help people develop the very best of their intellectual, physical, and emotional potential in society.

Is the study of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change.

Is the second most widely-spoken language, with 500 million speakers world-wide, and is of great importance to trade links between New Zealand, Latin America, and Spain.

Studies in Religion
Sets out to examine the religious dimension of human existence in all its diversity objectively, systematically, and yet sympathetically.

Theatre Studies
In Theatre Studies you learn about performance, the evolution of theatre and the creation of performance works.

Women's and Gender Studies
Is concerned with women's lives, their status in society, the nature of contemporary gender relations, and the social construction of 'femininity' and 'masculinity'.

Writing Studies
Will help you to achieve our personal and career goals by enabling you to identify who you are writing for, and how to choose the best language and structure for your purpose.