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Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human life. At Waikato we take you on an exploration of socio-cultural anthropology, the investigation of the immense richness and diversity of human social and cultural life.

Anthropologists seek to understand how humans build meaningful lives, whether living in a small village or a large metropolitan area.

By studying Anthropology, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of humanity and the societies that we live in. The anthropologists at Waikato share a common interest in the Pacific region, which is a focus of our teaching and research.

 Career opportunities

  • Ethnographer
  • International Development Worker
  • Lecturer
  • Museum Curator
  • Overseas Aid Worker
  • Research or Policy Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Travel and Tourism Operator

100 level

200 level

Ethnicity and IdentityANTHY20115.0 Points
Polynesian EthnologyANTHY20215.0 Points
Magic, Cosmology and ReligionANTHY20715.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS29620.0 Points
Language, Society and CultureLINGS20315.0 Points
Political Systems around the WorldPOLSC21115.0 Points
The Practice of Social Science ResearchSSRP20220.0 Points

300 level

Culture and Power in the PacificANTH30020.0 Points
Imagining CulturesANTH30120.0 Points
Melanesian EthnographyANTH30820.0 Points
Maori Heritage ManagementANTH32520.0 Points
Special TopicANTH36020.0 Points
Directed StudyANTH39020.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points

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 ANTH591) 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 a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

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 ANTH515 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.

Anthropology and DevelopmentANTH51215.0 Points
Ethnographic ResearchANTH51515.0 Points
Tribes, Empires, NationsANTH52015.0 Points
Environmental AnthropologyANTH52115.0 Points
Maori Heritage ManagementANTH52515.0 Points
Special TopicANTH56015.0 Points
Directed StudyANTH58915.0 Points
Directed StudyANTH59030.0 Points
DissertationANTH59130.0 Points
DissertationANTH59260.0 Points
Anthropology ThesisANTH59390.0 Points
Anthropology ThesisANTH594120.0 Points
The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative ResearchSSRP50315.0 Points

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.

Anthropology MPhil ThesisANTH800120.0 Points

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.

Anthropology PhD ThesisANTH900120.0 Points

Subject links

Anthropology Programme

Undergraduate Requirements

Anthropology is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Anthropology may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Anthropology, you must gain 120 points above 100 level in Anthropology, including at least 60 points above 200 level.

It is recommended that if you are intending to major in Anthropology you include ANTH101 and ANTH102 in your first year study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above. It is also recommended that if you intend to progress to graduate study that you include ANTH301.

With the specific approval of the Programme Convenor of Anthropology, you may include TOST300 in the major.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4702
General and Undergraduate Enquiries: anth-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Enquiries: anth-grad@waikato.ac.nz