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MSocSc - Māori and Indigenous Studies as a main subject

Studying for a Master of Social Sciences at Waikato challenges you to take your understanding of theoretical subject matter to an advanced level.

As Indigenous world views become increasingly important to society, a rapidly emerging area of study is Indigenous Studies. The Māori creative and performing arts papers diversify your existing program and provide unique insights into Māori tikanga.

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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,416 - $8,888 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $51,290 - $58,370 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate 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.

Career opportunities

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Educationalist
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • International Development Practitioner
  • Iwi Development
  • Māori Creative and Performing Arts
  • Research Consultant

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Prescriptions for the PGCert(M&ISt), PGDip(M&ISt), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc

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

To complete a PGDip(M&ISt), students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including MAORI570, and at least a futher 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Māori and Indigenous Studies, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including MAORI570.

To complete a MA or MSocSc in Māori 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 MAORI570, unless admitted under section 2(b) of the qualification regulations and completing a 120 point thesis.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI500Indigenous Creative Practices30.0No occurrences
This paper explores the wide range and purposes of Indigenous creative practices. While examining the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of creative practices, students extend their own current practice and/or investigate creative expression in the context of Indigenous Studies.
MAORI502Sustainable Resource Issues30.023A (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.
MAORI552Te Korero, Te Tikanga, Te Wairua30.0No occurrences
Ka tirohia nga tuhinga tawhito, hou hoki me te ahua o te whakatakoto-a-tuhi i te whakaaro, ahakoa reo Maori, reo Pakeha hoki. Ko te whakapakari i te reo-a-tuhi o te akonga kia taunga hoki ki te whai i te aronga o te korero i tuhia tetahi o nga aronga. Kia tutuki pai nei whakaritenga ka nui ake te ahei o nga akonga ki te: panui i te kupu i nga rerenga korero; whakapakeha, whakamaori tika i te kupu a-tuhi, a-waha hoki; kapo i te wairua o te reo tuhi; whai i te tikanga o te whakamaori, whakapakeha ahakoa tuhi, ahakoa korero-a-waha; tuhi korero ma roto mai i te reo tuhi ikeike matatau. Ka whangaihia atu hoki te akonga ki nga momo kirehu hei whakakiki mana i tana kete korero ki te kupu rerehua e eke ai te reo ki ona tapuhipuhi.
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues30.023A (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 Studies30.023B (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.
MAORI590He Ketuketunga Kaupapa Kōrero: Directed Study30.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
MAORI592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MAORI593Māori Thesis90.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MAORI594Māori Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext 4737 or +64 7 838 4737
Email: [email protected]