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MA - Pacific and Indigenous Studies as a main subject

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.

This subject explores the knowledge, language, culture, politics, methods and theory of Pacific and Indigenous Studies, while teaching students how to interpret new ways of understanding the world.


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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Fees (Domestic): $6,748-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $30,695-$34,930 (120 pts) or $46,045-$52,395 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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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Prescriptions for the PGCert(P&ISt), PGDip(P&ISt), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc

To complete a PGCert(P&ISt), students must complete 60 points at 500 level consisting of 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

To complete a PGDip(P&ISt), students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including PACIS500, and at least a further 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Pacific and Indigenous Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including PACIS500.

To complete an MA or MSocSc in Pacific and Indigenous Studies, students must take either; a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points in approved 500 level papers. Students must include PACIS500, unless admitted under section 2(b) of the qualification regulations and completing a 120 point thesis. Students must include MAORI570 unless admitted under section 2(b) of the qualification regulations and completing either a 120 or 90 point thesis.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MAORI502Sustainable Resource Issues20A (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.
MAORI514Rangatiratanga: Leadership for Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Communities: Traditional, Contemporary & Future Issues20B (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.
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues20A (Online) & 20B (Online)
This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review and apply various research methods including kaupapa Maori and indigenous epistemologies.
MAORI571Decolonising Theory and Indigenous Studies20B (Online)
A seminar programme on indigenous consciousness, knowledge, values and ethics and their applications to contemporary issues such as research ethics, environmental values and cultural practices.
MAORI592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MAORI593Māori Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PACIS500Critical Pacific Studies20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an opportunity to critically engage the foundational ideas, texts, theoretical work, methods and perspectives of Pacific studies. These will be considered in the light of the history, politics, tensions, and potential of Pacific studies as a discipline.
PACIS590Pacific and Indigenous Studies Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PACIS594Pacific and Indigenous Studies Masters Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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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