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Study Indigenous Studies at Otago

Be an agent of change.

Indigenous Studies will broaden your understanding of the world as you explore humanity’s cultural diversity.

It will change your world-view as you learn about the cultural, social and economic development of indigenous peoples.

You will explore the dynamic living cultures of indigenous peoples and learn how indigenous knowledge systems can generate change that is sustainable, transformative and of benefit to everyone.

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Why study Indigenous Studies at Otago?

Whether you want to promote the interests of indigenous people locally or around the world doing a major in Indigenous Studies 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.

These communities exist in a constantly changing environment. Being able to track the effect of these changes provides insights into how to formulate better, relevant and more inclusive policies and plans for the future development of these peoples.

Indigenous knowledge has its place in every aspect of society. No matter your interest Indigenous Studies complements many courses of study:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Resource management
  • Agriculture
  • Policy development
  • Education
  • Language revitalisation
  • Primary health care and preventative medicine
  • Economic wellbeing and independence
  • Community development

Indigenous Studies encourages you to explore the connectivity between these disciplines to enable indigenous communities to determine their own future.

Graduates develop a multidisciplinary, culturally inflected understanding of contemporary indigenous concepts and issues, including the use of cooperation rather than competition, listening as well as communicating with others, and respecting differences.

Career opportunities

Our students are equipped with an understanding of indigenous cultural philosophies that are relevant in a myriad of employment situations.

Graduates with a degree in Indigenous Studies have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base, which can lead to careers in the fields of:

  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Business
  • Law
  • Policy and governance
  • Health
  • Community organisations

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Indigenous Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

MAOR 102  Māori Society

MAOR 110  Introduction to Conversational Māori, or another language paper as approved by the Dean of the School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

PACI 101  Pacific Societies

18

18


18

200-level

MAOR 202  Māori and Tikanga

PACI 201  Contemporary Pacific Island Issues

Two of ANTH 204, ANTH 205, ANTH 206, ANTH 208, GEOG 278, HIST 223, HIST 246, INDS 210, MAOR 203, MAOR 204, MAOR 207, MAOR 208, MAOR 210, MAOR 211, MAOR 212, MAOR 213, MFCO 212, PACI 202, PACI 210, POLS 202, POLS 207, PUBH 203, SPAN 243, SPEX 206

18

18

36

300-level

INDS 301 Māori and Indigenous Development: Governance and Ethics  or  INDS 302  Whakapapa and Marae

Three of ANTH 324, ECON 303, ENGL 332, GEOG 378, HIST 327, HIST 347, INDS 307, INDS 310, MANT 340, MAOR 303, MAOR 304, MAOR 307, MAOR 308, MAOR 310, MAOR 311, MAOR 312, MAOR 313, MAOR 316, MART 305, MFCO 318, PACI 301, PACI 305,PACI 310, SPAN 343, SPEX 306, TOUR 301, TOUR 306

Note: 300-level papers selected should be consistent with interdisciplinary choices at 200-level. Approved papers may be drawn from those offered by other Divisions.

18

54

Plus

162 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts (See Note below).

162
Total   360

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Indigenous Studies

Papers

Note: 400-level papers selected should be consistent with interdisciplinary choices at 300-level. Approved papers may be drawn from those offered by other Divisions.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Indigenous Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Indigenous Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

Note: 400-level papers selected should be consistent with interdisciplinary choices at 300-level. Approved papers may be drawn from those offered by other Divisions.

Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Indigenous Studies

Papers

INGS 501 may be substituted for one 400-level paper

Note: 400-level papers selected should be consistent with interdisciplinary choices at 300-level. Approved papers may be drawn from those offered by other Divisions.

Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS)

Research Report option

An approved paper at the 400-level or above (worth at least 20 points) may be substituted for one 400-level INDS, MAOR or PACI paper.

Thesis option
  • INGS 501  Indigenous Theory and Method
  • INGS 5 Thesis

Minor subject requirements

Indigenous Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Papers Points

Five papers:

MAOR 102 Māori Society
MAOR 202 Māori and Tikanga

Three of ANTH 204, ANTH 205, ANTH 206, ANTH 208, GEOG 278, HIST 206, HIST 223, HIST 246, INDS 210, INDS 301, INDS 302, INDS 307, INDS 310, MAOR 110, MAOR 203, MAOR 204, MAOR 207, MAOR 208, MAOR 210, MAOR 211 or MAOR 212, MAOR 213, MFCO 212, PACI 101, PACI 103, PACI 201, PACI 210, POLS 202, POLS 207, PUBH 203, SPAN 243, including at least one of INDS 301, INDS 302, INDS 307, INDS 310.

 

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18

54

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
INDS210 2023 Special Topic: Exploring Indigenous Studies 18 points Semester 2
INDS301 2023 Māori and Indigenous Development: Governance and Ethics 18 points Semester 2
INDS302 2023 Whakapapa and Marae 18 points Semester 1
INDS307 2023 Ancient East Polynesian Histories 18 points Semester 2
INDS310 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
INDS401 2023 Indigenous Identities 20 points Not offered in 2023
INDS402 2023 Taonga and Identity 20 points Not offered in 2023
INDS410 2023 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2023
INDS590 2023 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

Erica Newman
Programme Co-ordinator
Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
Tel +64 3 479 3975
Email erica.newman@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/tetumu