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BSocSc - Anthropology as a major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its fantastic diversity. Waikato's Anthropology students learn from anthropologists who have a strong Pacific focus and engage in research across a wide range of crucial global issues.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $25,915 - $33,735 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSocSc in Anthropology

Year 2

Any 200 Level
ANTHY Paper

Any 200 Level
ANTHY Paper

Any 200 Level
ANTHY Paper

One from List B


PSYCH211 or SSRES200

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

Any 300 Level
ANTHY Paper

Any 300 Level
ANTHY Paper

Any 300 Level
ANTHY Paper

Any 300 Level
Paper

One from List C

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Broadly speaking, Anthropology can be defined as 'the study of humanity'. Anthropologists at the University of Waikato are particularly concerned with sociocultural anthropology - the comparative study of the whole range of human societies and cultures in their many forms. Here, the distinguishing methodology is the 'ethnographic' or 'face-to-face' study of specific communities and lifeways. The Pacific region, with its diverse societies and cultures, is the main focus of teaching and research in Anthropology.

Anthropology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Anthropology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Anthropology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.

To complete Anthropology as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.

To complete a minor in Anthropology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Anthropology major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY101Exploring Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to sociocultural anthropology and the comparative study of human societies and cultures, in all their various forms. An examination of social, political and economic organisation, beliefs, values and ideologies.
ANTHY102New Zealand and the Pacific15.021B (Hamilton)
Social and cultural change in Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY201Ethnicity and Identity15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on ethnicity and related categories of division such as "race" and nation. It explores how these concepts link to identity in different cultures and societies.
ANTHY202The Polynesians: Tangata o Te Moana15.021B (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.
ANTHY207Magic, Witchcraft and Religion15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the anthropological study of religion and illustrates the crucial role religion has played in shaping human societies and human history more generally.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY300Culture and Power in the Pacific15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
ANTHY301Imagining Cultures15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the concept of 'culture', especially how it was relativised, pluralised and democratised by the twentieth century discipline of anthropology.
ANTHY308Melanesian Ethnography15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the anthropological work undertaken within Melanesia and demonstrates its centrality to the discipline as a whole.
ANTHY325Māori Heritage Management15.021G (Hamilton)
The paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, particularly in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu.
ANTHY390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21D (Hamilton)
This course consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by a student working under supervision.
MAORI304Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in the Pacific, and also as a concept where Indigenous peoples can be prominent in influencing discourses.
PACIS300Contemporary Critical Issues in the Pacific15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an in-depth examination of a number of contemporary critical issues in the Pacific as identified by leading Pacific scholars, writers, artists, auteurs and activists.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY515Ethnographic Research30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an in depth introduction to ethnographic research, including its ethical, theoretical, and methodical components.
ANTHY521Environmental Anthropology30.021B (Hamilton)
This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current envrionmental concerns, beliefs, practices and ideologies.
ANTHY522Visual Power: Images, Aesthetics & Politics30.021B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to social and political theory of images and aesthetics.
ANTHY525Māori Heritage Management15.021G (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.
ANTHY589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
ANTHY590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21D (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
ANTHY591Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTHY592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTHY593Anthropology Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ANTHY594Anthropology Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY800Anthropology MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY900Anthropology PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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