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Global Arts

The Global Arts major dives into the world of creative expression across different cultures. Develop analytical skills in various media, including text, image, and sound. You can also explore dance and Māori fibre arts in this major.

As a graduate of the Global Arts major, you will understand how cultures and creative practice cross boundaries. Your skills will enable you to reach diverse audiences in many sectors of the international culture industry.

You can choose to focus on developing analytical skills in many forms of media, including text, image and sound, or on creative intercultural aspects that bring in dance, notably kapa haka, and Māori fibre arts.

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Study Location:Hamilton
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Career opportunities

  • Artist
  • Script-writer
  • Advertising and PR creative
  • Creative Business owner
  • Teacher
  • Arts administrator

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ARTSC112Music, Sound and Human Communication15.024B (Online)
Every day we communicate using complex linguistic and musical systems. This paper will explore the role of sound and music in human communication and the cognitive, social, and cultural processes, which underlie such communication. The paper takes a broad, interdisciplinary look at all aspects of sound and musical communication, fr...
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper integrates dance practice and theory, providing practical experience of different dances of Aotearoa, the Pacific region and beyond. Embodied learning in dance is integrated with critical examination of how dance is influenced by social and cultural issues, and an introduction to choreographic processes.
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures15.024B (Online) & 24G (Online)
This paper introduces students to major world cultures and their languages in a comparative context. Students will gain a critical understanding of culture and diversity through examining the languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Korea, Spain and Latin America.
MAORI151Te Raranga Kete: Introduction to Māori Fibre Arts15.024A (Hamilton)
An introduction to theoretical and practical components of weaving kete. Students learn to weave kete and critically examine traditional techniques, along with modern day applications.
MAORI157Ngā Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka15.024B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as a means of communication and cultural expression in the Maori world.
MEDIA101Living in Media Worlds15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper encourages you to reflect on the media technologies, platforms, practices and content that you engage with regularly. How do they support and affect your lifestyle and identity? How does belonging to particular online and offline communities affect how you use and create media? In this paper students learn to understand ...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DSIGN252Cultural Perspectives for Design15.024B (Hamilton) & 24X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The paper provides students with an understanding of culture-specific perspectives on design issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
ENGLI200Global Fictions15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper examines literary responses to the contemporary world. We will study international writing that grapples with issues associated with gender, race, technology, terrorism, and climate change.
INTLC221Understanding East Asia15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper offers a critical examination of historical traditions and contemporary life in East Asia within a global context. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
INTLC222Food Practices & Cultural Journeys15.024A (Online)
Cooking and food is linked intrinsically to history: migration, immigration and colonisation and have all played a part in shaping national and regional identities. Using different media: art, painting, photography and film, we will explore the gastronomical changes and discoveries that have shaped nations.
INTLC225The French-speaking World from Astérix to Zombies15.024B (Online)
Discover the result of contact between French, regional and Indigenous cultures in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Topics include language revitalisation, the Slave Trade, Creoles and Vodou. This paper is taught in English.
LINGS204Language of Social Media15.024G (Online)
This paper introduces students to the study of language in the genre of social media, using linguistics theory and concepts.
MAORI251Raranga Whakairo: Design Elements in Māori Fibre Arts15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper is a multi-disciplinary focused paper providing students with the opportunity to understand a Maori worldview through the lens of Maori fibre arts praxis. MAORI251 is an introduction to raranga whakairo, the theoretical and practical application of patterns within the weave. Students learn to raranga and critically exam...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGLI302Modernisms15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper explores canonical modernist texts of Europe and North America. It also examines exciting new developments in transnational modernisms that broaden the temporal, geographical and stylistic scope of modernism.
INTLC303Visual Cultures of East Asia15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines key forms of East Asian visual culture, with a focus on film and art, and within a comparative context.
INTLC304Cultural Identities in the Age of Globalisation15.024A (Online)
This paper explores the formation of cultural identities and the challenges they face in the age of globalisation through case studies from European, Latin American and East Asian contexts.
INTLC317French Culture from Versailles to the Revolution15.024B (Hamilton)
A study of France's literary, social, and historical movements from the Golden Age of Versailles through to the Enlightenment and the Revolution it inspired.
MEDIA304Documentary15.024B (Hamilton)
Students explore documentary theory and practice by examining a range of forms associated with documentary culture, including documentary photography, feature film documentary, 'mockumentary', reality gameshows, and animated documentary.
MEDIA308Global Cultural Industries and Audiences15.0No occurrences
Examines the affordances of digital media and the social, industrial and political opportunities and challenges they present. A capstone course for the digital society strand in a Screen and Media major in the BA and BSocSc.

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