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Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge)

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  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Name change from Māori Studies
  • Available for international students via distance learning

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Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) structure

A major in Māori Knowledge consists of 135 credits (nine courses). See above for information regarding the level at which you should commence your language studies.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.


Mehemea kua tutuki pai i a koe te NCEA 3 te reo Māori me haere tika koe ki ngā pepa o te tau tuarua, 150.210 whai muri tonu iho ko te pepa 150.211.

If you have successfully completed NCEA level 3 te reo Māori you should enrol directly into the second year course 150.210, followed by course 150.211.

The language courses begin with 300.110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Māori, for students without any previous experience in the Māori language. If you are a Māori language speaker please contact the programme coordinator prior to enrolling in language courses. Through the Māori language courses you will develop knowledge of the language to become a fluent speaker. The other courses in Māori visual arts, Aotearoa heritage, Māori policy and development, and Māori health allow you to gain a sound understanding of Māori culture and society.


Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Māori Knowledge but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Development Studies, History, Geography, Politics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Social Policy or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:
230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
300.110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Māori
300.111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing the Language
150.114 He Tirohanga o Mua: Māori Custom, Lore and Economics

Choose two electives from:
131.121 Rich World, Poor World
145.111 Society, Environment and Place
146.102 Endangered Cultures
148.114 Making New Zealand: A Survey to 1914
148.115 Remaking New Zealand: A Survey Since 1914
150.106 Traditional Visual Arts (Distance only)
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 New Zealand Society
279.101 Social Policy: An introduction
200.161 Introduction to Politics
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

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