Why Study Indigenous Development?
In many countries the importance of indigenous knowledge is severely undervalued. It is at risk of becoming extinct because of social, political, economic and environmental changes rapidly occurring on a global scale.
Whether you want to promote the interests of indigenous people locally or around the world doing a major in He Kura Matanui/Indigenous Development will help you achieve this.
In this programme of study you will learn the value of indigenous knowledge, how it can be preserved, transferred and adapted to suit the needs of modern indigenous communities.
Indigenous Development at Otago
He Kura Matanui/Indigenous Development is a multi-disciplinary programme that combines indigenous knowledge with a range of other subjects. It focuses on the contemporary cultural, social, and economic development of indigenous peoples in a local, national and international context, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Islands cultures.
A particular strength of this subject area is its cross-disciplinary nature, readily combining indigenous knowledge with a range of other disciplines. You are required to do core papers in Māori Studies and Pacific Islands Studies in combination with papers offered in participating departments that have a particular indigenous focus.
Graduates with a degree in He Kura Matanui/Indigenous Development have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base, which can lead to careers in the fields of:
- Social Work
- Policy and Governance
- Community organisations