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Master of Indigenous Studies

Level of Study: 
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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Indigenous Studies is an important area of international scholarship that reflects the increasingly significant and diverse roles that indigenous people play at both national and international levels of world affairs. The Master of Indigenous Studies degree explores theoretical frameworks for educational, economic, social and political contexts, and their practical applications.

COURSE DETAILS
Duration:
40 Weeks
Location/s: 
Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Tokerau, Whakatāne
Start Date: 
Information Below
Intake Details :

Semester One Papers
Start Date: 15/01/2018
End Date: 03/06/2018

Semester Two Papers
Start Date: 24/06/2018
End Date: 11/11/2018

First Intake Thesis
Start Date: 11/02/2018
End Date: 25/11/2018

Second Intake Thesis
Start Date: 24/06/2018
End Date: 31/03/2019

 

A candidate shall follow for not less than two calendar years (and no more than six part-time years) a course of study comprising either:

  1.  four papers (120 credits) and a thesis (120 credits)*; OR
  2.  six papers (180 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits)**; OR
  3.  seven papers (210 credits) and a research project (30 credits)**

including 30 credits from IHI803 and in the case of iii, a further 30 credits from IHI806.

* This option will lead to the PhD programme offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

** These two pathways can lead only, in the first instance, to the Professional Doctorate offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Delivery Mode:
Mixed Mode

2018 Tuition Fees
Per Paper: $1,419.84
Research Project: $1,419.84
Thesis (Full Year): $3,450.66
Dissertation: $2,840.70 

 

N.B. The above fees do not include the administration levy. For more information regarding fees, please see our fees page.

** These are indicative fees for 2018 awaiting Council approval.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

Minimum Qualification/s: 

An Undergraduate Qualification with a B+ average.

Additional Qualifications:
  1. Admission to the Master of Indigenous Studies will be subject to the approval of the Head of School, Indigenous Graduate Studies, through an application process.
  2. Before enrolling, a candidate shall:
  1. have qualified with a relevant Bachelor degree or Bachelor of Honours; or
  2. have been granted admission ad eundem statum (admission with equivalent status) as entitled to proceed to a Master of Indigenous Studies; or
  3. have applied to the Head of School, Indigenous Graduate Studies, and have been accepted into the Master of Indigenous Studies programme.
Special Entry Requirements:

In terms of regulation (b), the normally accepted minimum level for entry to the Master of Indigenous Studies is a B+ average.

N.B. An interview may be required

Further Study:

Doctor of Philosophy in:

  • Māori Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Environment Studies
  • Education
Career Opportunities:
Academia, Broadcasting/Television/Radio, Business, Fisheries, Government (Local and National), Health, Indigenous Organisations, Iwi Authorities, Journalism, Law, Libraries, Museums and the Arts, Researcher, Social Services, Teaching/Lecturer
Additional Information: 

Duration:  40 Weeks (full year) 20 weeks per semester

Course Code: AKO800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Education (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: AKO809
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Learning and Learning Environments (30 credits)
Description:

This course critically examines four key themes emerging as defining elements of 21st-century education, within a range of learning environments. The themes include: collaboration, technology, engagement and sustainability. The focus areas include learning environments that account for the physical, social, cultural and spiritual elements of new school buildings, special schools, international schools, school renovation and development initiatives and early learning centres.



Course Code: AKO816
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Critical Education Pedagogies (30 credits)
Description:

This paper focuses on critical pedagogies as a means to engage with culturally appropriate frameworks, knowledge and practices for indigenous peoples within education. The course examines both Western and indigenous theories and philosophies to enable students to critique, reflect and engage with transformative educational practices.



Course Code: IHI801
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Research Project (30 credits)
Description:

The research project shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation as outlined in the student's research proposal and as supervised by the Supervisor. The research project will entail a literature review, research methodology/methods and results of a research investigation. The research project shall not normally exceed 10,000 words.



Course Code: IHI802
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Dissertation (60 credits)
Description:

The dissertation shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation as outlined in the student's research proposal and as supervised by the Supervisor. The dissertation will entail a thorough literature review, research methodology/methods and results of an extended research investigation. The dissertation shall not normally exceed 20,000 words.



Course Code: IHI803
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Research Methods and Methodologies (30 credits)
Description:

This paper will prepare students for the research component of their degree. Students will become aware of a range of ethical considerations informing future projects of research they may undertake and will develop familiarity with associated research jargon.



Course Code: IHI805
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Special Topic (30 credits)
Description:

This course allows for a special area of study to be offered by a visiting lecturer or invited lecturer with a strong background in a given area of academic study. The lecturers for this course will be suitably qualified to the level of Masters. The offering of this option will depend on the availability of visiting lecturers. The visiting lecturer will develop a course outline directly related to their academic area of expertise in consultation with a designated representation of Graduate Studies. Consideration also will be given to areas of valid demand identified among Masters students.  This paper is a flexible course drawing on the experience and knowledge base of a recognised lecturer.



Course Code: IHI806
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Selected Topic (30 credits)
Description:

This course enables students to study in depth selected topics from the field of Indigenous or Māori Studies through a programme of readings, seminars, and directed research. Students will be supervised by a lecturer in whose area they are studying. The student will produce a research-based project as a part of their assessment.



Course Code: IHI808
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Kaitiakitanga (30 credits)
Description:

This course examines the possible definitions and issues surrounding the concept of Kaitiakitanga for Māori and how these issues are managed in the modern day. Students will be expected to present a point of view and debate the varying perspectives Māori may have about Kaitiakitanga. Individuals, committees, iwi, hapū or marae may all give varying weights to the importance of whānau; preservation or conservation of land; being economically viable; stewardship; guardianship; dividends to shareholders; reinvestment. Benefiting now; these and other issues will be explored and debated through the examination of selected case studies.



Course Code: IHI811
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Post-Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Futures (30 credits)
Description:

This paper will focus on the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and the key issues and implications as New Zealanders move forward as a nation in a post-Treaty settlement environment. In particular, students will develop an understanding of leadership and governance within this environment. An examination and critique of relevant theory and models is included with a focus on Māori and indigenous notions of the settlement process. More specifically, students will examine case-studies from Mātaatua waka and beyond, and critique the leadership of both Crown and Māori - those agents and agencies who have been critical to post-Treaty settlements.  The overall aim is to investigate the implications of post-Treaty settlements for New Zealanders with a focus on concepts, values and processes involved in redress and compensation, dispute resolution, mandating and negotiations.



Course Code: IHI812
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Mana Wāhine Leadership (30 credits)
Description:

This course will undertake research where Māori women's leadership contributes to Māori and Indigenous Peoples' self-determination. Mana Wāhine underpins Māori women's leadership theories, principles and practices. `Herstories' are used to examine Māori women's discourses of mātauranga wāhine, tikanga Māori, the politics of difference and diverse realities that affirm Mana Wāhine leadership.



Course Code: IHI813
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Contemporary Māori/Indigenous Policy Development (30 credits)
Description:

This paper will critically examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and applications of policy development across a range of settings and experiences as it relates to Māori/Indigenous advancement. Moreover, this paper will provide students with culturally appropriate theoretical and practical policy frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/Indigenous best practice organisational settings.



Course Code: IND800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Indigenous (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: IND802
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Critical Theory in Indigenous Studies (30 credits)
Description:

This course uses the work of indigenous and non-indigenous theorists to critically examine a range of contemporary issues with which indigenous peoples are engaged. Students will study in depth selected topics from the field of indigenous studies through a programme of readings, seminars, lectures and self-directed research.



Course Code: IND803
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Inter-relationships Within the Pacific Rim (30 credits)
Description:

This course regards Māori as an integral part of the wider Pacific Rim indigenous societies. The course focuses on the origins of tipuna Māori and the inter-relationships between Māori and Pacific Rim indigenous peoples. Including but not restricted to First Nations, Native American, Hawaiian, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.



Course Code: IND804
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: International Politics for Indigenous Peoples (30 credits) (not being offered in 2016)
Description:

The focus of this course is to to examine, analyse, and discuss the challenges of globalisation as faced by indigenous peoples, and to critically examine and analyse how it impacts on their social, political and economic structures and practices.



Course Code: MAO800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Māori (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: MIB800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Business Management
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: MIB809
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Advanced Māori/Indigenous Management Practices (30 credits)
Description:

Drawing from a range of organisations in both the public and private sector, this paper will focus on Māori development and wellbeing. More specifically it will examine in depth the interface between customary and contemporary Māori/indigenous governance and management practices. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities facing Māori/indigenous organisations within a predominantly mainstream environment as they relate to the management of Māori/indigenous resources. Moreover this paper will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/indigenous best practice organisational settings.



Course Code: MIB810
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Advanced Māori/Indigenous Economic Development (30 credits)
Description:

This paper will focus on economic considerations, tools and scenarios that are relevant to Māori and indigenous economic development. In particular, students will gain an understanding of the complexities of balancing competing or complementary economic influences facing Māori and indigenous communities. More specifically it will examine traditional and contemporary notions of economic development, as well as relevant theory, and its application in Māori and indigenous contexts. Furthermore, this paper will provide students with theoretical frameworks and futures-oriented solutions, which will enable them to develop, apply and implement economic development models within Māori and indigenous settings.  The overall aim is to challenge commonly held perceptions of Māori economic development, and to build expertise and capability in Māori and indigenous economic development at a wider level.



Course Code: MPA800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Māori Performing Arts (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: ORA800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Health Studies (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: ORA801
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Hauora Hinengaro: Social Services
Description:

This paper will examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and application of social support and services in relation to hauora hinengaro. Moreover, this paper will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/indigenous best practice within social support and social service frameworks.



Course Code: ORA802
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Hāpori Pakari: Community Development
Description:

This paper will examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and application of community development. Moreover, this paper will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/indigenous communities using culturally cognisant community development frameworks.



Course Code: TAI800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Environment (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: TOI800
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Thesis - Fine art and Design (120 credits)
Description:

The thesis shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation.



Course Code: TOI801
Course Type: Elective
Course Title: Creative Arts Process and Indigenous Research (30 credits)
Description:

This paper acknowledges the value of creative process and visual image making as a legitimate method for indigenous research. Students will explore through image the place of traditional knowledge in the culture, traditions, historical narratives and social constructions within the diverse cultural, political and economic settings of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The paper will extend the opportunities for researchers to explore and develop their understanding about the diversity of subject, issues and perspectives in indigenous research through visual medium.