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Anthropology

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.

Cultural anthropology, our area of specialty, is the interpretation and appreciation of the vast array of cultural possibilities for human life. Studying Anthropology will challenge students to reimagine their assumptions about their own societies and cultures and develop a toolkit to critically understand their changing world.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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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)
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.
ANTHY325Maori 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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For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]


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