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English at Waikato prepares you for what employers want – a trained mind and the ability to understand and creatively solve problems with words. You'll grow your appreciation for major literary works and a love for the English language.

Literature encompasses the total human experience and comes forth in stories, songs, laments and praise. It draws out the nuances of human nature and imagination and compliments the other arts.

English at Waikato stays relevant by constantly evolving and adapting to newer art forms including film, graphic novel and creative non-fiction.

No matter if you're an English major or just taking a few papers, you'll discover English is about answering deep artistic and aesthetic questions. And the quality you'll get at Waikato is excellent – we're a top 250 QS-rated subject.

You'll be immersed in fiction, plays and poetry and explore its potential to shape our world. You'll also have the choice to specialise in creative writing and learn from award-winning writers as well as have the opportunity to publish in Mayhem, our online literary journal. Your writing will gain clarity and subtlety as you develop your unique voice.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of literary backgrounds and contribute to course learning and cultural life on campus. We also host the annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture to commemorate one of New Zealand's most important writers.

English at Waikato will develop your critical thinking skills and appreciation for English, as well as prepare you to be a creative problem solver in your future career.

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  • Creative Writer
  • Editor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Executive
  • Public Relations Executive

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

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

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

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA

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

To complete a BA(Hons) in English, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ENGLI591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for English.

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

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

b) a BA(Hons) in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

Completion requirements for the MA in English vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, 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.

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
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.
ENGLI100Telling the Story19A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the poems of Keats to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
ENGLI101Adaptations19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
ENGLI113English.Confidence19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the structure of the English language and, by linking structure to practical application, offers support for student writing. This is a useful paper for all Arts students.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI200Global Fictions19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines literary responses to contemporary modernity, and situates itself in a world where countries and peoples are increasingly interconnected through travel, immigration, the Internet. In these urbanised spaces issues such as terrorism, climate change, and consumerism abound.
ENGLI201Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques19A (Hamilton)
This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms, in particular the tropes and techniques of either comedy or tragedy. The focus will vary from year to year.
ENGLI202Shakespeare's Worlds19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs from many other Renaissance artists.
WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing19A (Hamilton)
This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus.
WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image19B (Hamilton)
This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work19T (Hamilton)
This paper examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing, and enables students to develop their writing skills through a range of creative exercises and workshop activities.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI300Theory Matters19A (Hamilton)
This paper reads primary literary texts through a range of theories of literature, including historicist approaches, deconstruction/post-structuralism, gender studies, psychoanalysis, and theories of narrative and representation.
ENGLI301Genre Studies: Challenging Forms19B (Hamilton)
This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as travel writing, autobiography, utopian and dystopian fiction, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year.
ENGLI302Modernisms19A (Hamilton)
This paper explores canonical modernist texts of Europea and North America. It also examines exciting new developments in transnational modernisms that broaden the temporal, geographical and stylistic scope of modernism.
ENGLI303Looking Back: Reading Now19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary readers and the reception of historical literary texts. The focus will vary from year to year, covering topics such as modern medievalism and neo-victorianism. For 2019 the focus will be on 5 iconic English novels from 1847 onwards.
WRITE300Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction19A (Hamilton)
This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts from memoir, to biography, to the personal essay and autobiographical meta-fiction.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI531Special Topic: Literature and the Medicalised Body19B (Hamilton)
'Odd to think that the piece of you I know best is already dead. The cells on the surface of your skin are thin and flat without blood-vessels or nerve-endings.' - Jeanette Winterson, 'The Cells, Tissues, Systems and Cavities of the Body'. This paper explores literature's engagement with the medicalised body and mind, mapping out...
ENGLI546Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment19A (Hamilton)
A writing-intensive course focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language.
ENGLI590Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGLI591Dissertation19B (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGLI592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGLI593English Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENGLI594English Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
WRITE501Writing for Publication19A (Hamilton)
Writing for Publication will focus on writing for professional publication, examining the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of published output. Students will read examples from a variety of fields, including fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising and digital media, and scholarly/acad...

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI800English MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGLI900English PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Jenna Hudson Growing up in a house with no siblings, Jenna Hudson was a self-proclaimed drama queen and attention seeker. “I had to make my own entertainment so I would create my own radio stations with different voices by recording songs onto cassettes and recording voice overs to introduce them.”

Jenna Hudson Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Teaching

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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: wfass@waikato.ac.nz


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4922
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: engl-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: engl-grad@waikato.ac.nz