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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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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 ANTHY591) 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 second class honours (second division).

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 ANTHY515 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.

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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY101Exploring Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology19A (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 Pacific19B (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 Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Identity19A (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 Moana19A (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 Religion19B (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 Culture19B (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
ANTHY300Cultures and Environments in the Pacific19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores anthropological approaches to human environment relations with a particular focus on the Pacific.
ANTHY301Imagining Cultures19B (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 Ethnography19A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the anthropological work undertaken within Melanesia and demonstrates its centrality to the discipline as a whole.
ANTHY325Maori Heritage Management19T (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
This course consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by a student working under supervision.
GEOGY323Indigenous Geographies19B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on indigenous experiences of imperialism and colonialism. It places into comparative context the impacts of colonial processes upon indigenous communities and their lands and resources.
LINGS301Research Apprenticeship19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to pursue an extended research project, in a sub-discipline of linguistics or anthropology (e.g. sociolinguistics, typology, documentation, anthropology), focusing on a heritage language/culture.
MAORI304Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts19A (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY512Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples19B (Hamilton)
This course explores the various ways in which the extractive industries, such as mining, oil and gas, and logging, influence and are interpreted by indigenous people, particularly those living throughout the Pacific.
ANTHY515Ethnographic Research19A (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on ethnographic approaches to research, with a particular focus on 'participant observation'.
ANTHY520Tribes, Empires, Nations19A (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.
ANTHY521Environmental Anthropology19B (Hamilton)
This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-envrionment relations and critically engages with current envrionmental concerns, beliefs, practicies and ideologies.
ANTHY525Māori Heritage Management19T (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19Y (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.
ANTHY591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTHY592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ANTHY593Anthropology Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ANTHY594Anthropology Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH800Anthropology MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH900Anthropology PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.


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Undergraduate Requirements

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: wfass@waikato.ac.nz


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