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


Anthropology
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.


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


Creative Practices
Encourages students to develop practical understanding and experience of the creative processes of performance, composition and production in the creative and performing arts.


Creative Technologies
Is focused on the creative outcomes of applying new technologies across a range of media in advanced and emerging cultural and artistic fields.


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


Design Media
Has a practice-based approach with a strong focus on media associated with graphic design and is taught in a range of ways that include studio classes.


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


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


English
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 at the natural and physical environment.


Ethics
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.


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


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


German
Is the most widely spoken language in the European Union, making it essential for effortless communication and the sharing of academic knowledge.


Health Development and Policy
Provides a unique opportunity to pursue graduate studies in health and development and policy within the critical perspectives provided by the social sciences.


History
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 advanced (graduate) study in security and strategic matters, or in issues of trade and globalisation.


Japanese
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.


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


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


Music
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.


Philosophy
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.


Psychology
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.


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


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.


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


Spanish
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.


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


Tourism Development
Provides a multidisciplinary approach to the issues created by tourism - the construction and impacts of tourism as a social process. Explore gender, ethnic, regional, and environmental dimensions of tourism.


Tourism Studies
Focuses closely on understanding tourism as a social practice and on the demands of tourism planning for sustainable outcomes.



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.


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Rachel Hinton

PhD (International Health)
MSocSc (Anthropology, Philosophy, French)
BSocSc(Hons)

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