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Development Studies

The Development Studies programme will enable you to explore and critically examine recent tensions, concepts, models, policies, processes and outcomes of 'development' from the perspectives and experiences of indigenous peoples.

In today's rapidly changing world sustainability has become a key focus. Indigenous thinkers and their alternative conceptual approaches have much to offer the field in rethinking and re-articulating a development vision which is just, equitable and meets the needs of these communities. This area of study will provide you with the conceptual tools, critical thinking, research and practical skills, to prepare you for professional practice in your chosen field of development.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
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Prescriptions for the PGDip(DevSt)

Students are normally required to take the four 500 level papers listed as follows:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH525Maori Heritage Management18T (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, especially in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu development.
DEVS501Strategic Planning for Maori and Pacific Development18A (Online)
This paper is designed to implement a holistic approach to project planning and project management for Maori and Pacific development with the intention of contributing to better insights on changing global perceptions of delivering and facilitating development options to indigenous peoples and nations.
DEVS502Sustainable Resource Issues18A (Online) & 18B (Online)
This paper examines contemporary issues facing natural resource management among indigenous peoples with a particular focus on the experiences of Maori and Pacific peoples.
DEVS504State Policies on Indigenous Development18A (Online)
This paper will undertake a comparative examination of changing state policies regarding indigenous rights and development in the Pacific region. The paper will consider factors influencing these changes, how 'disadvantage' is understood, how the effects of different policy approaches are evaluated, and the involvement and response...
DEVS505Governance and Nation BuildingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
DEVS506Irikura: Engaging with MaoriThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
DEVS507Talanoa: Engaging with PacificThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
GEOG515Maori Geographies18B (Online)
This paper reviews Maori geographical perspectives within the context of colonisation and globalisation. It also provides an opportunity for students to undertake research on a topic of relevance to Maori using appropriate methodologies. Students will be expected to analyse the relationships between Maori communities and government...
MAOR514Rangatiratanga: Leadership for Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Communities: traditional, contemporary & futuristic issues18B (Online)
This paper will explore current leadership issues and the diverse communities in which leadership operates including political, educational, social and economic contexts and the challenge of maintaining cultural integrity and perpetuating inter-generational knowledge.
MAOR518Maori, Indigeneity and Criminal Justice18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a critical analysis of Maori and Indigenous-based practices and criminal justice systems, including the State’s constitutional obligations to its Indigenous citizens, and Maori and Indigenous alternative juridical approaches.

Prescriptions for the MMPD

Students are normally required to include a 60 point dissertation and 60 further points from 500 level papers approved by the Department.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DEVS590Directed Study18C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
DEVS591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
DEVS592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
DEVS593Development Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
DEVS594Development Studies Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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 Occurrence / Location
DEVS900Development Studies PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Contacts

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737
Email: fmis@waikato.ac.nz