English is about language, history and culture. It is about art and aesthetics, meaning and value. At the University of Waikato, papers are drawn from literatures written in English since Medieval times, and from all major English-speaking cultures, especially from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, the Pacific and New Zealand. English is the home of the University's programme in Writing Studies.

English is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). English 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 English as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for English, including at least 45 points at 200 level and at least 60 points at 300 level. At least 105 points must be gained from ENGLI-coded papers.

To complete English as part of a double major for the BA and other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level.

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

Students considering graduate study in English are advised to include a range of modern and historical papers in English in their undergraduate programme of study.

Note:

Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in English papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in English papers above 200 level.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

English papers

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Code and paper title Points
ENGLI100 Telling the Story right arrow

This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, using picturebooks...

15 24A (Hamilton)
ENGLI101 Adapting Stories right arrow

This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in...

15 24B (Hamilton)
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ENGLI200 Global Fictions right arrow

This paper examines literary responses to the contemporary world. We will study international writing that grapples with issues associated with...

15 24A (Hamilton)
ENGLI201 Utopias and Dystopias right arrow

This paper provides an introduction to utopian and dystopian writing and the way in which literature gives voice to the dreams and fears of humanity.

15 24B (Hamilton)
ENGLI202 Shakespeare's Worlds right arrow

This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs...

15 24C (Hamilton)
WRITE201 Food Writing right arrow

This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a...

15 24A (Hamilton)
WRITE202 Creative Writing: Voice and Image right arrow

This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student’s attention on the central writing...

15 24B (Hamilton)
WRITE203 Creative Writing: Inspiring Work right arrow

This intensive, workshop-based paper, taught by award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey, examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to...

15 24G (Hamilton)
WRITE205 Writing for the Screen right arrow

This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during...

15 24A (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
ALPSS390 Directed Study right arrow

This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their...

15 24X (Hamilton)
ENGLI300 Theory Matters right arrow

This paper reads primary literary texts through a range of theories of literature, for example, historicist approaches...

15 24B (Hamilton)
ENGLI301 Genre Studies: Challenging Forms right arrow

This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as tragedy, poetry, travel writing, autobiography, and crime writing. The focus will...

15 24A (Hamilton)
ENGLI302 Modernisms right arrow

This paper explores canonical modernist texts of Europe and North America. It also examines exciting new developments in transnational modernisms...

15 24B (Hamilton)
ENGLI303 Looking Back: Reading Now right arrow

This paper explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary readers and the reception of historical literary texts.

15 24A (Hamilton)
WRITE300 Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction right arrow

This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts including memoir, biography, the...

15 24B (Hamilton)
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ALPSS500 Academic & Professional Research & Writing right arrow

In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills...

30 24A (Online) & 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
ALPSS590 Directed Study right arrow

This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their...

30 24X (Hamilton)
ALPSS591 Research Project right arrow

A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).

30 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
ALPSS592 Dissertation right arrow

A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).

60 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
ENGLI503 Looking Back: Reading Now right arrow

This advanced paper explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary readers and the reception of historical literary texts. It focuses on five...

30 24A (Hamilton)
ENGLI509 The Literature of Trauma right arrow

This paper explores the relationship between memory, suffering and writing in the literature of war, the Holocaust, physical trauma and mental...

30 24B (Hamilton)
ENGLI531 Literature and Medicine right arrow

This paper explores literature's engagement with the body and mind, mapping out the arts’ responses to medical advances from the 1850s to the...

30 24A (Hamilton)
ENGLI593 English Thesis right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

90 24X (Hamilton)
WRITE546 Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment right arrow

A writing-intensive paper focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting...

30 24A (Hamilton)
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ENGLI800 English MPhil Thesis right arrow

120 24X (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
ENGLI900 English PhD Thesis right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 25 Jun 2024 01:00am