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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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Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
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100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY101Exploring Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology18A (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 Pacific18B (Hamilton)
Social and cultural change in Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY201Ethnicity and Identity18B (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.
ANTHY202Polynesian Ethnography18A (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, Cosmology and Religion18A (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.
LINGS203Language, Society and Culture18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH300Culture and Power in the Pacific18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
ANTH301Imagining Cultures18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the history of anthropology from the late 19th century to the present day, and examines how that history informs the contemporary theory and practice of anthropology.
ANTH308Melanesian Ethnography18A (Hamilton)
An overview of the ethnographic work undertaken in Melanesia from the colonial era through to the contemporary. The course covers the central importance of Melanesia to the discipline of anthropology, the vast array of cultural worlds that exist within the area, as well as the approaches and attitudes of particular anthropologists ...
ANTH325Maori Heritage Management18T (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.
ANTH360Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ANTH390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Open to selected students who, with the approval of the Programme Convenor, undertake an individual programme of study on an anthropological topic, as agreed in discussion between the student and proposed supervisor.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
GEOG323Colonial Treaties and Tribal Lands: Comparative Studies18B (Hamilton)
A review of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impact of European colonisation on Maori land tenure systems, with comparative studies of treaty issues and indigenous land rights in North America and the Pacific.
LING304Sociolinguistics18B (Hamilton)
The major methods and principles of sociolinguistic investigation. The study of accents and dialects; language variation; the relationship between language and education, language and sex; social codes; language attitudes.
MPDV302Sustainable Development in Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines discourses on sustainability against economic, cultural and social notions of advancement, and the tensions that may arise.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Anth) and GradDip(Anth)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Anthropology at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Anth), PGDip(Anth), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Anthropology papers or all their undergraduate Anthropology papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ANTH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Anthropology.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Anthropology, a student must have completed either:

a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Anthropology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Anthropology papers or all of their undergraduate Anthropology papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Anthropology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Anthropology vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including ANTH515 and SSRP503, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH512Anthropology and Development18A (Hamilton)
This paper takes an anthropological view of issues relating to grass-roots community and economic development.
ANTH515Ethnographic Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on ethnographic approaches to research, with a particular focus on 'participant observation'.
ANTH520Tribes, Empires, Nations18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines tribes, empires, and nations as historically distinct types of political systems, and the ongoing influence of tribal and imperial cultures and institutions in diverse contemporary nation-states.
ANTH521Environmental Anthropology18B (Hamilton)
This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current environmental concerns and beliefs.
ANTH525Maori Heritage Management18T (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.
ANTH560Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ANTH589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (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.
ANTH590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (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.
ANTH591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTH592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTH593Anthropology Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ANTH594Anthropology Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH800Anthropology MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH900Anthropology PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Joanna Bishop A single mum before starting university, Joanna studied natural therapies before deciding to further her interest in anatomy and physiology by enrolling in a Bachelor of Science at Waikato. She then moved to anthropology, completing a graduate diploma and Masters, finishing off with a PhD in history.

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Undergraduate Requirements

Anthropology is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Anthropology may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Anthropology, you must gain 120 points above 100 level in Anthropology, including at least 60 points above 200 level.

It is recommended that if you are intending to major in Anthropology you include ANTH101 and ANTH102 in your first year study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level and above. It is also recommended that if you intend to progress to graduate study that you include ANTH301.

With the specific approval of the Programme Convenor of Anthropology, you may include TOST300 in the major.


Documents

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Career Moves

  • Contacts

    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
    Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4702
    General and Undergraduate Enquiries: anth-fass@waikato.ac.nz
    Graduate and Postgraduate Enquiries: anth-grad@waikato.ac.nz