Faculty oF humanities and social sciences 2013 - Victoria University ...


Faculty oF humanities and social sciences 2013 - Victoria University ...

Faculty oF humanities and social sciences




Welcome ...................................................2

Faculty Student and Academic Services Office ................3

Bachelor of Arts ............................................4

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching

(Primary and Secondary) ....................................6

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching

(Early Childhood Education). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Postgraduate Study ........................................12

Art History, Classics and Religious Studies ..................16

English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies ....................20

Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health ...........26

History, Philosophy, Political Science

and International Relations ................................30

Languages and Cultures ....................................36

Linguistics and Applied Language Studies .................. 40

Social and Cultural Studies .................................46

Te Kawa a Māui ............................................50

Va’aomanū Pasifika ........................................54


Victoria University uses all reasonable skill and care to ensure

the information contained in this document is accurate at the

time of being made available. However, matters covered by this

document are subject to change due to a continuous process

of review, and to unanticipated circumstances. The University

therefore reserves the right to make any changes without notice.

So far as the law permits, the University accepts no responsibility

for any loss suffered by any person due to reliance (either whole

or in part) on the information contained in this document,

whether direct or indirect, and whether foreseeable or not.

International Institute of Modern Letters ....................58

Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies .............62

Wai-te-ata Press ...........................................66

Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music .......................68

Education, Education and Psychology

and Early Childhood Studies ................................71

Student Services and Facilities at Victoria ...................72

Scholarships ..............................................72

Careers ...................................................74

Te Pūtahi Atawhai ..........................................75

Leadership Development ...................................76

Victoria Overseas Exchange (Vic OE) ........................77

Publications ...............................................78

Admission .................................................78

Who to Contact. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

Key Dates .................................................81

Note: Victoria’s commerce degree is referred to as the Bachelor

of Commerce (BCom). The name change from the Bachelor

of Commerce and Administration (BCA) is expected to be

confirmed in July 2012—see our website for further details.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 1

2 Victoria University of Wellington


E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, e

mihi ana ki a koutou katoa.

Welcome to Victoria University, and in particular, a very warm

welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

What better place to study humanities and the social sciences

than at Victoria University? We are situated in a vibrant,

creative city—rich in theatre, art and heritage not to mention

Wellington’s obvious connection with politics and international

affairs. Combine this with staff whose national and international

research reputations enable them to bring insight and

enthusiasm to enliven their teaching and you have an ideal mix

for learning.

The Faculty is the largest at Victoria and provides you with the

opportunity to expand your interests and gain knowledge and

skills that will prepare you for your future career. These include

an ability to communicate clearly, an ability to think critically

and creatively, an ability to solve problems across a wide range

of domains, and general leadership abilities.

I encourage you to make the most of your time at Victoria.

Join clubs, visit the University’s Adam Art Gallery, attend the

many concerts, shows and performances. Enrol in the Victoria

Plus and the Victoria International leadership programmes—

not only is the successful completion of these programmes

recognised on your academic record, but you also get the

opportunity to engage with a wide variety of people. It is never

too early in your academic career to plan some international

study through a field trip or on exchange with one of many

exchange partners.

Welcome to Wellington, welcome to Victoria University and

welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

I wish you enjoyment and success with your studies at Victoria.

Professor Deborah Willis

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Student and

Academic Services Office

The Faculty Student and Academic Services Office (SASO) aims

to enhance the student experience at Victoria by providing

advice and assistance to students throughout their studies.

Student Advisers, for instance, assist students with admission

requirements, degree or course planning, transfer of credit

from other tertiary institutions, enrolment and general

enquiries about both undergraduate and postgraduate

qualifications. To ensure continuity of service, Student Advisers

manage a particular group of students according to surname

and specialist qualifications.

SASO staff can also assist you with enquiries about enrolment,

graduation, applying for an academic transcript, the various

kinds of withdrawals from courses, examination-related

questions or queries related to restriction under the Academic

Progress Statute.

The SASO works closely with student support services, such

as Student Health, the Student Counselling Service, Disability

Services, the Māori and Pacific Support Coordinators and

Victoria International, to ensure that our students have access

to and are encouraged to use support services available.

Students are also strongly encouraged to use the Faculty

website (www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss) to find detailed information

about who your Student Adviser is, to find course outlines,

FAQs and various forms including the self-audit forms for the

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the application form for an academic

transcript. You will also find links to the Schools, information

about the qualifications offered by the Faculty under the ‘Study

and Careers’ tab and a link to the online Course Catalogue.

The SASO team also provides Faculty and University staff

with academic administration services, including advice on

preparing proposals to change courses or qualifications,

compilation and compliance checking of all Faculty

publications and the Faculty’s sections in centrally-produced

publications, maintenance of the Faculty website, executive

assistance to Faculty committees and the Faculty Board and

compliance checking of course outlines.

You will find the staff in the SASO have a great deal of

information about many aspects of university life and you are

strongly encouraged to make use of their expertise to help

make your time at Victoria both enjoyable and rewarding. If you

do need advice, please do not hesitate to ask.

For further information, contact us or drop in to the office. The

SASO team looks forward to your call, your email and your visit.

Our opening hours are as follows:

Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am–4:30pm

Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am–4:30pm

The Faculty Student and Academic Services Office (SASO)

is located on Level 4 of the Murphy Building (MY 411) at the

Kelburn Campus.

Phone 04-463 5745

Fax 04-463 5183

Email fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss

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Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) equips students with a number of

important life skills. These include an ability to communicate

clearly, an ability to think critically and creatively, an ability to

solve problems across a wide range of domains and general

leadership abilities.

What makes the Victoria BA degree distinctive is its strong

emphasis on the humanities, creative arts, languages and

social sciences, its flexible structure and its broad range of

opportunities for exploring a variety of disciplines.

The humanities include subjects where we explore what it

means to be human; for example, languages, History, English

Literature, Media Studies, Film, Theatre and Music. Social

sciences include subjects where we explore how humans

interact with each other, such as Cultural Anthropology,

Criminology and Sociology.

Key features

͠ Three years of full-time study.

͠ A strong emphasis on the humanities, creative arts,

languages and social sciences.

͠ 240 points must be in subjects taught by the Faculty of

Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS). These are the nonstarred

subjects and majors listed opposite.

͠ The exception is if you choose a starred major opposite

(listed in the BA Statute, but not taught by FHSS). In this

case, you only need to take 180 points in FHSS subjects.

͠ Students may include a second major in their BA from any

Victoria undergraduate degree so long as your first major

is a non-starred major. You must confirm the requirements

with your Student Adviser.

To enrol in a BA you will need Victoria’s Guaranteed Entry Score

or equivalent. In some areas it is advisable to have previously

studied subjects relevant to your programme of study;

otherwise you will have to enrol in additional courses to catch

up with others who have the appropriate background.

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Students doing a BA must meet the requirements of a major in

at least one subject. However, most students choose to major

in two subjects. Each subject area has specific courses you

need to take to meet the requirements of the major. If you are

not sure about which subjects to major in, you can include a

number of different options in your first year of study, and make

a more considered choice in your second year.

You may also include a second major from subject areas

administered by another faculty if not already included in

the listed majors opposite. Students who exercise this option

often choose to major in subjects like Information Systems

or Statistics. These majors nicely complement traditional

humanities and social science subjects, which students are

required to take to complete their degree.

There are interdisciplinary possibilities open to students doing

a BA here that are not options at most other universities in

New Zealand. Students interested in the evolution/creationism

debates can take a double major in both Religious Studies and

Biology; students interested in the fundamental mysteries of

the universe can take a double major in Philosophy and Physics;

students interested in working in a foreign country can take

a major in French or Chinese and a minor in Marketing. All of

these combinations—and a vast array of others—are perfectly

natural, depending on a student’s particular interests.

Students may also select up to two minors in any

undergraduate subject areas offered by the University for the

BA, BAS, BDI, BSc and BCom degrees and not taken as major

subjects or from additional minor subjects areas listed in these

degree statutes.* A minor comprises at least 60 points from the

relevant subject area at 200 level or above, of which at least 15

points must be at 300 level and not counted towards a major

or another minor.

*Subject to approval.

For further information, see www.victoria.ac.nz/ba

BA listed majors

Art History

Asian Studies


Classical Studies


Cultural Anthropology

Development Studies*

Early Childhood Studies*^



Education and Psychology*

English Literature

English Studies







International Relations





Māori Resource Management

Māori Studies


Media Studies

Modern Language Studies


Pacific Studies


Political Science


Public Policy*

Religious Studies

Samoan Studies/Fa’asāmoa

Second Language Education

Social Policy



Te Reo Māori


*Majors listed under the BA Statute, but taught by other faculties.

^Students will only be permitted to take this subject as their sole major

through the BA if they are enrolled in the conjoint BA/BTeach(ECE).

Non-major undergraduate subjects

Creative Writing

Deaf Studies

Museum and Heritage Studies

Text Technologies

Writing (Academic and Professional)

For the latest information on degrees, go to the Faculty website

www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss. For course details and prescriptions,

visit www.victoria.ac.nz/coursecatalogue

Morgan Ashworth

Current BA student

“Art History is teaching me to think critically, not just

about art but about the world we live in.”

Morgan is completing her BA majoring in Art History and

English Literature in 2012. She plans to continue studying

Honours in Art History at Victoria in 2013, encouraged by

the supportive and friendly environment in the Art History


The Adam Art Gallery on campus at Victoria University has

played a large part in fostering Morgan’s excitement for

New Zealand art. The gallery’s volunteer programme has given

her hands-on knowledge and experience in a professional

application of her Art History studies, and she is now employed

by the gallery. Morgan aims to focus her postgraduate study

on contemporary New Zealand art practice, to lead her into

curating exhibitions and projects of her own.

Morgan is also pursuing art writing, with critical work published

in Victoria’s student magazine, Salient, and online.

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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching

(Primary and Secondary)

Teaching at primary and secondary level is a rewarding career

for a range of graduates.

Victoria University offers two pathways to teaching—a fouryear

conjoint degree or a one-year graduate diploma on

completion of an undergraduate degree. Pre-service teacher

education builds the knowledge needed to excel in the

classroom and teachers with conjoint degrees in teaching and

sciences or arts can use their specialised skills to inspire and

teach future generations.

The conjoint teaching degree programme combines a Bachelor of

Arts with a Bachelor of Teaching (BA/BTeach). It takes four years

of full-time study to complete the two degrees and requires

study over the summer trimesters. The BTeach provides a sound

understanding of classroom practice and includes teaching

experiences in both primary and secondary schools. The BA gives

specialised knowledge in your chosen major subject(s).

This challenging programme produces teachers of the highest

quality. Conjoint graduates become qualified to teach at

primary and secondary levels. Applicants are assessed by the

Faculty of Education for suitability to the teaching profession.

This involves meeting set criteria, having supportive referees,

making declarations about any criminal convictions or

health and disability issues and successfully taking part in an

assessment exercise.

In the first year of a conjoint BA/BTeach, students study courses

for their BA. The following January, the BTeach starts with

an introductory course that includes one week of classroom

observation. At this point students have the option to continue

with a conjoint teaching degree or continue their BA, retaining

the introductory teaching course credit.

Help is available to plan your conjoint degree from the BA/BTeach

Student Adviser in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Graduates of the BA/BTeach (Primary and Secondary) degree

can continue their studies with Victoria’s Postgraduate

Certificate and Diploma in Education and Professional

Development, or Master of Education programme. The degree

leads to careers in a range of education roles including

teaching in primary and secondary schools and graduates are

eligible for registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

Ba/Bteach student adviser, Faculty oF humanities and social sciences

Student and Academic Services office,

room 411, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5745

Email fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Faculty oF education

Student Administration office,

room 2.19, Waghorn Block, Karori Campus

Phone 04-463 9500

Email education@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/education

Compulsory courses

͠ EPOL 132, 133, 134, 231, 232, 233, 234, 324, 325

͠ EPSY 131, 132, 231, 232, 233, 331

͠ KURA 135*

͠ two of EPSY 322, EPOL 361-370

*Subject to approval.

You must be able to teach two subjects from different

curriculum areas in schools once you finish your degree.

To do this you must:

͠ complete your BA major in one approved teaching subject

at 300 level, and

͠ take another approved teaching subject from a different

curriculum area to at least 200 level.

The following table shows the approved teaching subject

majors listed according to their curriculum area.

BTeach curriculum area BA degree subject

English English Literature, English Studies

Learning languages Chinese, French, German, Japanese,

Māori Studies*, Samoan Studies,

Spanish, Te Reo Māori

Mathematics Econometrics**, Mathematics,


Arts Theatre

Social sciences (specifically

Economics, Geography, History

Economics, Geography, History,

Social Studies)

*Must include Te Reo Māori language courses to at least 200 level.

**Courses only, not a major.

What degree should I combine with my BTeach?

When choosing to do a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BSc)

you should focus the degree in your key area of interest. Choose

a BA/BTeach if your main interests lie in humanities and social

sciences or a BSc/BTeach if you are most focused on science.

Once you have decided on your main teaching subject, which you

will study to at least 300 level for the BA or BSc, you will need

to choose a second approved teaching subject (from a separate

curriculum area) which you will study to at least 200 level.

It is possible to do two full majors, and/or to choose your

second teaching subject from an area not in the degree table

above; however, this would require you to do extra points. Make

sure you discuss this with your faculty.

See www.victoria.ac.nz/education/study/graduateprogrammes

for more information.


͠ History and Economics are both in the ‘Social Sciences’

curriculum area and are therefore not an approved


͠ Geography and Te Reo Māori are in different curriculum

areas—Geography is in ‘Social sciencesand Te Reo Māori

is in ‘Learning languages’—and are therefore an approved






Māori Studies

Samoan Studies


Te Reo Māori




Te Reo Māori


approved combination

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Frequently asked questions

Which BA courses do I need to do?

To find out what you will need to do to complete your major, go

to www.victoria.ac.nz/ba

What majors will I come out with?

All students who complete the BA/BTeach will have a major in

Teaching Primary and Secondary under the BTeach component

of the degree. All students will have at least one major under

the BA component, which will be the teaching subject that

they take to 300 level. It is not a requirement that the second

teaching subject is a major or minor.

Can I do a double major in my BA?

How do I know if I’m doing enough points?

What if I can’t fit all my courses into the four-year plan?

Make an appointment for planning assistance with the BA/

BTeach Student Adviser.

What if I decide I just want to do a BA?

You can change from doing the BA/BTeach to doing just the BA

at any time. If you still want to train to be a teacher you could

apply to enrol in the one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching

(at either Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary level) once

your BA is complete. If you want to teach at secondary level

refer to the information about curriculum subjects (go to www.



See the BA/BTeach Student Adviser for more information on

changing to the BA.

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How do I know if I have maintained a B- average?

Those students who have not been successful in maintaining a

B- average will be contacted and advised of their options.

Which teaching subjects should I take?

If you are having difficulty choosing your teaching subjects,

contact the Faculty of Education for additional options.

The TeachNZ website has a list of ‘targeted subjects’—subjects

for which scholarships are available. Visit www.teachnz.govt.nz

or phone 0800 832 246.

Note: Only New Zealand citizens or permanent residents are

eligible for these scholarships.

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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching

(Early Childhood Education)

Early childhood teachers are among the most influential and

important members of the community. The teaching and care

that they offer lay the foundation for success in education, and

in life.

The four-year BA/BTeach(ECE) degree provides you with a

BA majoring in Early Childhood Studies and a specialised

early childhood teaching qualification. The conjoint degree

is taught at both the Karori and Kelburn Campuses, but the

programme is arranged to minimise travel between the two.

The BA/BTeach(ECE) is the first conjoint degree programme

in New Zealand designed specifically for early childhood

teachers, and was developed in consultation with teachers,

employers and early childhood organisations. Applicants are

assessed by the Faculty of Education for suitability to the

teaching profession. This involves meeting set criteria, having

supportive referees, making declarations about any criminal

convictions or health and disability issues and successfully

taking part in an assessment exercise.

Graduates of the BA/BTeach(ECE) degree can continue their

studies with Victoria’s Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma

in Education and Professional Development, or Master of

Education programme. The degree leads to careers in a

range of education roles including teaching in kindergartens,

education and care centres and Kōhanga Reo.

10 Victoria University of Wellington

Ba/Bteach(ece) student adviser, Faculty oF humanities and social sciences

Student and Academic Services office,

room 411, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5745

Email fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Faculty oF education

Student Administration office,

room 2.19, Waghorn Block, Karori Campus

Phone 04-463 9500

Email education@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/education

Compulsory courses

BA component (Early Childhood Studies major)

͠ EPOL 113, 215, 317 and EPSY 113

͠ EPSY 315 or another approved course from (EPOL, EPSY or

KURA 300–399)

͠ One further approved course from (EPOL, EPSY or KURA


͠ Eight elective courses from the BA schedule: three

100-level, two 200-level, three 300-level

BTeach component

There are two strands:

͠ Teaching and Professional Studies courses:

EPSY 114, EPSY 115, EPOL 214, EPSY 211, EPSY 212, EPOL 316,

EPSY 313, EPSY 317

͠ Curriculum and Cultural Studies courses:

EPOL 111, EPOL 112, EPSY 111, KURA 111, EPOL 211, EPOL 212,

EPOL 213, KURA 211, EPSY 314, KURA 311

Frequently asked questions

What majors will I come out with?

All students who complete the BA/BTeach(ECE) will have a

major in Early Childhood Studies under the BA component of

the degree and a major in Teaching Early Childhood under the

BTeach(ECE) component of the degree. It is possible to take a

second major under the BA component. Some students choose

to take a second major in Education under the BA component,

by taking additional Education courses.

How do I know if I have maintained a B- average?

Those students who have not been successful in maintaining a

B- average will be contacted and advised of their options.

What if I can’t fit all my courses into the four-year plan?

What if I decide I want to do just a BA?

Contact the BA/BTeach(ECE) Student Adviser for further


What if I decide I want to do just a BTeach(ECE)?

You cannot do a BTeach(ECE) by itself. If you choose to

withdraw from the BA/BTeach(ECE) programme and still wish

to become an early childhood teacher, your best option is

to complete the BA and then apply to enrol in the one-year

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) programme.

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Postgraduate Study

Increasingly, postgraduate study is becoming the key to

gaining high-level employment. Victoria is one of the country’s

foremost research institutions, with significant funding from

internal and external research sources.

As a postgraduate student at Victoria University, you are able to

tap into not only the expertise of Victoria’s research institutes

but also the Crown Research Institutes and the national,

historical and cultural resources available in Wellington.

The University’s teaching and research programmes present

excellent opportunities for student research.

Graduate Diploma in Arts (GDipArts)

The GDipArts is a one-year full-time or up to four years parttime

programme of study. Courses are chosen in consultation

with the Head of School or Postgraduate Coordinator in the

subject area in which you would like the GDipArts awarded.

You must take at least 120 points from courses at 200 to 300

level, which together must make up a coherent programme of

study. At least 75 points must be at 300 level.

The Diploma is an ideal opportunity to specialise at an

advanced level in areas not included in your first degree or,

if you have been away from study for a while, to learn about

further developments in your original discipline.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts)

The PGDipArts will normally consist of 120 points at 400 level.

It is intended primarily for students who are interested in doing

advanced study in Humanities and Social Science subjects at

400 level but are not intending to complete the 489 Research

Essay (or alternative research component).

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the PGDipArts are the same as for

the BA with Honours.

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Other graduate and postgraduate diplomas and


The Faculty offers a variety of specialised graduate and

postgraduate diplomas and certificates; for example, the

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Museum and

Heritage Studies and the Graduate Certificate in TESOL. These

are listed in the individual school sections which follow.

A Graduate Diploma in Music, a Postgraduate Diploma in Music

and an Artist Diploma are also offered by Te Kōkī, New Zealand

School of Music (NZSM). See the NZSM website www.nzsm.ac.nz

for further details.

Honours degrees

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers BA

Honours (BA(Hons)) programmes in diverse subject areas.

All Honours degrees taught in the Faculty consist of four

30-point 400-level courses (or the equivalent) including a

research component. Honours degrees that include courses

taught by other faculties—such as in Economics, Mathematics

and Public Policy—require more courses but have the

equivalent workload, totalling 120 points.

A Bachelor of Music (Hons) programme is also offered by the

NZSM. See the NZSM website www.nzsm.ac.nz for further


Admission requirements

Admission to a BA(Hons) programme at Victoria normally

requires a B+ average in your undergraduate degree, with the

appropriate prerequisite courses.

Master’s degrees

The Faculty offers Master of Arts programmes in a diverse

range of subject areas, and a number of specialist Master’s

programmes including:

͠ Master of Health Care

͠ Master of International Relations

͠ Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

͠ Master of Nursing Science

͠ Master of Strategic Studies

͠ Master of Theatre Arts

Note: The Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Master of

Music Therapy are also offered by the NZSM, and administered

by the Faculty. See the NZSM website www.nzsm.ac.nz for

further details.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (MA) is a one-year full-time degree, offered

in more than 40 subject areas.

Research is the primary focus of all but a few MA programmes,

with most being by thesis only. Some offer the possibility of

substituting part of the thesis with up to two courses, while a

few, such as the MA in English, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

or TESOL, offer the further possibility of substituting the thesis

with a smaller research paper and other coursework.

Master of Theatre Arts

The Master of Theatre Arts is a two-year full-time course in

theatre directing jointly taught by the Theatre programme

and Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa: New Zealand Drama

School. In this unique partnership between a university and

New Zealand’s leading training school for professional theatre

artists, students learn through a combination of practical and

theoretical studies the skills necessary to direct plays and

initiate projects in professional theatre.

Faculty Master’s Guidelines

The Faculty produces an online document (Master’s

Guidelines), which contains information and advice relevant

to all Master’s students in the Faculty. It is essential reading,

particularly regarding the procedures and pitfalls associated

with undertaking research and the writing of theses.

See www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss/study/postgraduate/ma

for further details.

Admission requirements

Admission to an MA programme normally requires a BA(Hons)

degree with First or Second Class (2/1) Honours in the same

discipline, or an Honours degree in another subject with at

least one course in the discipline. In disciplines that do not

offer Honours courses, a Bachelor’s degree or GDipArts (see

above) plus a relevant diploma may be accepted, or, with

approval, an Honours degree in another subject.

There are specific requirements for some MAs and for

specialised Master’s programmes.

All applications are considered individually, and recognition

can be given to appropriate academic and relevant work

experience, as well as other forms of prior learning.

If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements to apply

to enrol in a programme, contact the Faculty Student and

Academic Services Office to discuss your background and your


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Doctoral study

Supervision for research for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is

offered in almost all areas in the Faculty. The PhD thesis is

examined after a period of a minimum of two years of full-time

supervised research (or three years for part-time students).

However, full-time PhD theses normally require at least three

years of study.

The PhD thesis is a major piece of original research. Word

length varies according to the nature of each project, but

it should not exceed 100,000 words. According to the PhD

Statute, a PhD thesis “demonstrates the candidate’s ability to

carry out independent research and constitutes a significant

and original contribution to knowledge or understanding” of a

field of study. As well as intelligence and research aptitude, the

degree requires considerable dedication and tenacity.

Note: The PhD in Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts, jointly

awarded by Massey University and Victoria University, are also

offered by the NZSM. They are administered by the Faculties

of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Graduate Research at


Admission requirements

In order to gain admission as a PhD candidate, you will

normally need to have obtained a First or Second Class pass

in an Honours or Master’s degree (or equivalent). You may also

be admitted if you are currently enrolled in a Master’s degree

by thesis or if you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge and


A PhD involves three to four years of independent and original

research under the guidance of a supervisor. When you

undertake a PhD at Victoria, you will spend the first six to 12

months writing a full research proposal. During this time, you

will be ‘provisionally registered’ for the degree.

There are three application deadlines per year for the Victoria

PhD—1 March, 1 July and 1 November. All doctoral programmes

are overseen and administered by the Faculty of Graduate

Research. For more information on requirements, applications

and scholarships, visit www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr

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Wayne Naylor

BSc(Hons) Manchester, PGCCLN,

PhD candidate

“Conducting an important piece of research under

the guidance of experienced academic and research

staff is a brilliant opportunity.”

Wayne is currently working towards his PhD after completing

a BSc(Hons) in adult cancer nursing in the UK followed by

postgraduate study in palliative care and statistics at Victoria.

Having worked as a staff nurse, a clinical nurse specialist and a

nurse lecturer, Wayne is now involved in health care as a Senior

Analyst for the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand.

“I am drawn to the areas of education and research and so I see

undertaking my PhD as a logical next step in my career, as I will

be able to develop my research abilities and widen my future

employment opportunities.” Wayne hopes to further develop

his research knowledge and experience and contribute to the

body of knowledge on palliative care.

He is strongly in support of nurses sharing knowledge and this

has driven his desire to publish his PhD. Wayne has already

published on the subjects of cancer nursing, wound management

and palliative care.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 15

Art History, Classics

and Religious Studies

school oF art history, classics and reliGious studies

Email sacr@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/sacr

art history

room 306, old Kirk Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5800

Email art-history@vuw.ac.nz


room 508, old Kirk Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5319

Email classics@vuw.ac.nz

reliGious studies

room 318, Hunter Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5299

Email religious-studies@vuw.ac.nz

museum and heritaGe studies

Level 3, old Kirk Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5800

Email museum-heritage@vuw.ac.nz

16 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Art History

͠ Classical Studies

͠ Greek

͠ Latin

͠ Religious Studies

Additional postgraduate subject area

͠ Museum and Heritage Studies

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

͠ PhD

Art History, Classics, Religious Studies and Museum and

Heritage Studies are analytical, relevant and insightful areas of

study. They teach us to describe, explain and better understand

our world, and be more effective participants in it.

Art History

The Art History programme provides historical, social, cultural,

political and aesthetic frameworks for understanding visual art

and culture from prehistory to the present. The programme has

specialists in historical and contemporary New Zealand and

Pacific art, European art, art in the 20th century and history of

photography. Historical knowledge is grounded in a range of

theoretical approaches, and research is undertaken with critical

attention to our location in the South Pacific.

Art History is enriched by the extensive experience of staff as

curators, writers and critical commentators who play active roles

in the wider cultural sphere, and benefits from strong links with

the arts infrastructure of Wellington, New Zealand’s cultural


Classics, Greek and Latin

Classics was one of the original subjects offered when Victoria

opened its doors for the first time in 1899 and has a history

that dates back to the beginnings of academia. Since Greek and

Roman traditions underpin modern thought and our systems

of law and government, the Classics programme offers the

basis for the understanding of New Zealand society in the 21st


Our staff have a proud record as multiple recipients of teaching

awards both at Victoria, nationally and internationally and in

2011 they received the inaugural Public Contribution Excellence

Award. This award acknowledged their public programmes

which included school visits, public lectures, the provision of

expertise to the media and government agencies, participation

in several boards and committees, to field trips, as well as

maintaining links with the local Greek community and contacts

within Greece.

With courses available in art, history, politics, literature and

mythology, as well as the classical languages (Latin and Greek),

Classics invites its students to join in discussion with the finest

thinkers throughout history.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 17

Religious Studies

Literature, law, music, philosophy, politics and culture are all

informed by religion. We can only understand ourselves, our

cultures and those of others if we understand religion. In the

Religious Studies programme we look at the role of religions

in history and culture and we explore beliefs and practices

and the relationship between religion and conflict, religion

and peacemaking, religions and resource inequalities and

development, religion and politics, religion and the meaning of

death, religion and identity, religion, morality and ethics, and

religion and its role in our evolutionary history.

Our 100-level courses introduce students to the major religious

traditions and the role of religion in the contemporary world.

The religious traditions of the West (Judaism, Christianity and

Islam), and of Asia (India, China and Japan) are explored. As

well, a broader course examines the relationships between

politics and law and religion; another, the role of myth and

rituals in social systems; another explores spiritual and

religious experience. These themes are continued in our 200and

300-level courses. In addition Religious Studies has a

strong postgraduate research programme.

Museum and Heritage Studies

The Museum and Heritage Studies programme offers a range

of qualifications balancing taught courses, work placements,

academic research and professional skills. There are courses

on topics such as museum history, theory and practice,

research methods, Māori and museums, art gallery studies,

leisure and heritage conservation. Based in Wellington, New

Zealand’s cultural capital, the programme’s courses are taught

in partnership with key national organisations such as Museum

of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Ministry for Culture and

Heritage and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

18 Victoria University of Wellington

Alan Edwards

BA Melbourne, GDipArts, MA Victoria

“The study of religion as a phenomenon allows

us to encounter humanity at its most fascinating,

perplexing and inspiring.”

After completing his BA at the University of Melbourne, Alan

decided to embark on postgraduate study at Victoria based on

a thorough investigation into the religious studies programmes

in the Australasian region.

Alan found his Master’s thesis, a study in Hinduism during

colonial India, to be a fantastic and rewarding experience. He

affirms that Victoria provided him with excellent resources

and opportunities, including a scholarship that enabled him to

conduct research in India. Alan also presented his research at

an academic conference in Australia, as well as at a seminar at

the University of Queensland.

Alan currently works as a tutor for the Programme and hopes

to receive a PhD scholarship from Victoria so that he may

continue working in an environment abundant with inspiring

scholars and supportive administrators.

Simon Perris

Lecturer, Classics

“‘A life not investigated is not worth living,’ claimed

Sokrates. Studying Classics is nothing if not such an


Simon Perris joined the Classics Programme permanently in 2012,

having taught there in one way or another since 2009 after taking

his doctorate in Classics from the University of Oxford. It is entirely

fitting that he comes to Victoria: he studied music and arts here as

an undergraduate, leading to an MA in Classical Studies.

Simon cherishes his colleagues in Classics, many of whom taught

him as an undergraduate. “As a student, I was always utterly

impressed by the inspiring, talented teachers in Classics.”

Simon is an energetic, enthusiastic teacher of classical

languages, literature and culture. He is also an active

researcher, working on Greek tragedy and on the reception

of the ancient world in English-language poetry, drama and

fiction; he has a special interest in classical reception in

New Zealand. Simon is currently writing a book on translations

and adaptations of Euripides’ tragedy, Bakkhai.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 19

English, Film, Theatre,

and Media Studies

Te Kura Tānga Kōrero Ingarihi, Kiriata, Whakaari, Pāpāho

school oF enGlish, Film, theatre, and media studies

Te Kura Tānga Kōrero ingarihi, Kiriata, Whakaari, Pāpāho

Phone 04-463 6393

Email seftms@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/seftms


reception, Level 8, von Zedlitz Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 6800

Email english@vuw.ac.nz


reception, 83 Fairlie Tce, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5750

Email film@vuw.ac.nz


reception, 83 Fairlie Tce, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5359

Email theatre@vuw.ac.nz

media studies

reception, 83 Fairlie Tce, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 7466

Email mediastudies@vuw.ac.nz

20 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ English Literature

͠ Film

͠ Media Studies

͠ Theatre

͠ English Studies

Additional postgraduate subject area

͠ New Zealand Literature

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ Master of Theatre Arts

͠ PhD

Related academic programmes, institutes and centres

The International Institute of Modern Letters (see page 58)

offers the best opportunity in New Zealand to develop your

creative writing skills.

The Stout Research Centre (see page 62) co-teaches with

English the MA in New Zealand Literature. Toi Whakaari: New

Zealand Drama School co-teaches with Theatre the Master of

Theatre Arts www.toiwhakaari.ac.nz

The School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

(SEFTMS) has scholars with international reputations teaching

in all its programmes, a sizeable body of postgraduate students

at Honours, Master’s and PhD levels and a long tradition of its

best students securing research scholarships overseas as well

as at Victoria.

Within its five majors, SEFTMS offers a fascinating range of

courses, all of which help you to understand and appreciate

some of the most important and enjoyable parts of our

contemporary culture and its heritage.

At the same time they develop skills of critical thinking and

writing that make graduates in these subjects highly valued

by a very wide range of employers looking for well-educated,

thoughtful and creative employees.

English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies have much in common

in the ways of thinking and the skills that they develop in

textual analysis so, as beginning students, you are encouraged

to range across several of these subjects in order to find just

what suits you best. For instance, passing one 100-level course

in each of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies allows entry

to any of these subjects at 200 level. Some of the advanced

courses have a strong practical element, especially in Theatre

and Film.

English Literature

Victoria offers one of New Zealand’s widest ranges of courses

in English Literature from Old English to the present day, and

literature in English from New Zealand, the Pacific and America.

Our courses take an equally wide range of approaches to the

study of these texts, using both traditional and contemporary

critical methods, and placing them in a variety of literary,

historical and cultural contexts.

Studying English Literature gives you access to one of the

world’s richest cultural traditions. At the heart of all our

courses are the skills of advanced reading and writing: we aim

to help you to read with greater attention, appreciation and

enjoyment, and to express your responses and thinking with

more precision, and to discover the excitements and challenges

of independent literary research.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 21


The Film programme furthers the understanding of cinema as

an art of narrative, spectacle and performance, as well as a

medium with important social implications within a university

context of research and teaching in the creative arts and

humanities. Though its aim is not primarily to offer vocational

or technical training, the programme stresses practical work

whenever possible.

Film in New Zealand is enjoying unprecedented attention as

local filmmakers and their works catch the eye of the global

audience. At Victoria, a major in Film is a major in taking film

seriously. You’ll begin in your first year with an introduction

to film study. Then you can pursue your interests with courses

that focus on international and New Zealand film, and the

creative aspects of filmmaking.


From Shakespeare to Shortland Street, from a simple chalk

square to the most elaborate multimedia setting, Theatre offers

the seductive possibility of getting into someone else’s skin, of

seeing life through a new pair of eyes. The study of Theatre at

Victoria gives you an opportunity to understand this impulse.

It aims at an understanding of art forms that both affirm and

question the most fundamental values of individuals and

societies. Within a university context of teaching and research,

practical creative work is integrated with literary, critical and

historical study in the belief that experience of the craft is an

essential ingredient in understanding the art. Acting, technical

work, directing and public performance form an important part

of the programme’s approach to the study of Theatre although

we do not aim to provide vocational training.

22 Victoria University of Wellington

Media Studies

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that

analyses the meaning and role of media such as newspapers,

magazines, television, the internet and popular music. Media

are a major social, cultural and political force in society. They

can have enormous influence, shaping not only knowledge,

values and desires but also our perceptions of society, culture

and nation.

Media Studies courses allow students to explore political,

institutional, industrial, historical, cultural and aesthetic

aspects of media through a variety of media forms, contexts,

theories and production/reception cultures. Media Studies

courses also foster an understanding of how media products

are constructed in response to a combination of technological,

institutional, creative and cultural conditions.

The Media Studies programme offers a range of courses at

undergraduate level. At 100 level (MDIA 101, 102, 103) courses

provide a coherent and complementary introduction to basic

concepts, analytical techniques and research methodologies.

Each course at subsequent levels is designed to build upon,

put into practice and develop these in relation to more specific

topics and contexts, such as news, popular music, television,

new media, advertising, cultural production and identity

(notably gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and indigeneity).

English Studies

English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, Linguistics—the choice

is yours with an English Studies major. This BA major has been

specially designed to enable students who enrol for the BA/

BTeach conjoint programme to study across all aspects of the

English curriculum.

English is a core subject, taught through to Year 13 in all New

Zealand schools, and having the skills to teach in this important

curriculum area will make you a valuable asset to any school.

Balance this major with a second teaching subject from a

different curriculum area and you are on your way to being a

flexible, sought-after teacher.

In the English Studies major you can gain an understanding

of all aspects of the English curriculum: you can study poetry,

prose and drama, including New Zealand literature, film and

theatre; you can study children’s fantasy writing, or get a

better understanding of films; or learn about language and

communication and the language learning process. You can

examine genre in television or the concepts of stardom and


Dana Leaming


“I am exactly where I want to be. I am in a place

where life is electric, knowledge is everywhere and

theatre is at the centre of everything.”

Studying can bring thoughts of books piled high along your desk

and endless nights in the library. As a Theatre student my nights

of study were spent in rehearsals with like-minded students and

innovative lecturers or watching a performance I created with

audiences observing and responding. Theatre at Victoria allows

the opportunity to perform and produce creative pieces of work

in a safe and understanding environment along with learning the

theoretical basis of Theatre.

As a BA student I was able to develop my critical thinking

and apply this to the way I look at Theatre as a postgraduate

student. The Honours Theatre study teaches you Theatre as if

you were already in the professional field. You are hands-on

directing plays, arranging publicity meetings and researching

a topic that interests you. Not only have I enjoyed my time at

Victoria but I have seen myself grow and am tackling projects I

once thought would never be within my reach.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 23

Isobelle Thomson

Current BA student

“The constant presence of media within society

means that it never ceases evolving, making it an

ever interesting subject to pursue.”

Unable to pick a single topic to study I chose to do a double

major in Psychology and Media Studies. This allowed me to

actively pursue multiple interests and broaden my thinking in

more ways than one, yet to also identify crossovers between

the two. I have a particular interest in how and why people

behave and think the way they do and find that both subjects

highlight different, yet important aspects of this notion.

I am particularly interested in how media technologies are

used to shape the way people think and behave. The ubiquitous

presence of media within daily life means that it is an ever

relevant source in which to identify and establish cultural

norms, issues and the discourse of modern society. Because of

this I have found the study of media to be critical to expanding

my understanding and thinking of such topics.

24 Victoria University of Wellington

Miriam Ross

Lecturer in Film

Victoria University is in an ideal position to reflect

upon and contribute to Wellington’s stimulating and

expanding film culture.”

Miriam Ross studied Drama and English at Trinity College

Dublin and then worked as an English teacher in South Korea

and Chile before returning to her home country, Scotland,

to undertake a Master’s and PhD in Film Studies. During her

time overseas she became fascinated with national cinemas

that operate outside of Hollywood and Europe, leading to a

PhD project that allowed her to travel through much of Latin

America. This project has recently been published as the

book, South American Cinematic Culture: Policy, Production,

Distribution and Exhibition.

Since arriving in New Zealand in 2011, she has been awarded

funding by Victoria to begin a new project on the global spread

of 3D cinema. This work has taken her to archives in Berlin, a

film festival in Belgium, a conference in Boston and numerous

3D film screenings in Wellington. She has discussed this work

on the local podcast Cinematica and on National Radio.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 25

Graduate School of Nursing,

Midwifery and Health

Graduate school oF nursinG, midWiFery and health

Level 7, Clinical Services Block, Wellington regional Hospital

Po Box 7625, Newtown, Wellington 6242

Phone 0800 108 005

Email nmh@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/nmh

26 Victoria University of Wellington

Postgraduate qualifications

͠ Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science

͠ Postgraduate Certificate in Health Care

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care

͠ Master of Nursing Science

͠ Master of Health Care

͠ Master of Nursing

͠ Master of Midwifery

͠ PhD (Health, Nursing and Midwifery)

The Graduate School offers nurses, midwives and other health

professionals excellent opportunities to explore practice and

research interests at postgraduate level—from postgraduate

certificates and diplomas to Master’s degrees and PhDs. Our

overall focus is to ensure our graduates can provide leadership

in health policy and clinical practice. Students flourish in an

atmosphere of support and respect in an environment where

all are welcomed.

We work with students nationwide, offering both full- and

part-time courses structured in a modular manner. Our block

courses are designed to supplement learning, give time for

study and provide access to our staff for advice and guidance.

These school blocks are also a great opportunity for students

to meet and mingle with fellow students—to share ideas

and strategies for learning, identify areas for change and

benchmark progress.

Our coursework programmes suit our students’ diversity. They

are all designed to challenge, inform and educate—and to help

students contribute greater value to their own practice and

the wider profession. We pride ourselves on our accessibility

and the support we give students in adapting to postgraduate

study, and have designed our courses to assist students to

further their careers and grow as individuals.

As a specialist in providing postgraduate programmes for

New Zealand’s health professionals, the Graduate School is

particularly active in research. On our own and in collaboration

with other academic institutions and health agencies nationally

and internationally, we explore and address key issues

affecting nursing, midwifery and health. Our staff offer a wide

range of expertise in teaching and supervising research. We

also conduct research that addresses knowledge generation,

synthesis and/or utilisation in order to improve patient

outcomes. Our specific interests are in the areas of:

͠ human factors in health care, including patient safety, team

work, communication and professional comportment

͠ effective leadership in policy and practice

͠ the experience of health and illness

͠ evidence-based practice across the life span

͠ specialist practice in nursing and midwifery, including

normal birth, care of those with acute or long-term

conditions, care of the older adult and palliative care.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 27

Our students

Registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals

from all over New Zealand choose us for their postgraduate

study. Their specialties and experience vary widely: some

have been in the profession for many years while others are

relatively new to practice. Some work in hospitals while others

are based in independent practice.

Our Master of Health Care (MHC) has been developed for

nurses, midwives and other health professionals whose focus is

on service development, quality, leadership, education, policy

and management. The development of knowledge and skills

in relation to health services is a key focus of this programme.

However, it remains broad enough to cater for students from a

range of professional backgrounds.

Our Master of Nursing Science (MNS) has been developed for

those nurses in practice who wish to enhance their clinical

practice skills and knowledge, and who require a Nursing

Council-approved clinical nursing degree before applying for

Nurse Practitioner (NP) registration. Progression in this degree

is prescribed in a manner that will meet the clinical focus of

the award.

Graduates from our postgraduate programmes will be

multitalented and possess a range of skills relevant to health,

which will allow them to make a significant contribution to

health outcomes for the wider New Zealand community. They

will possess research skills that will allow them to appraise

literature meaningfully, and to develop and conduct research

projects that will enable them to address real-world clinical

issues in innovative ways through research.

28 Victoria University of Wellington

Jiaxi Yu


“I do not know if I will ever know enough, but I will

never stop questioning and learning.”

Studying Nursing is hard, studying Nursing in another language

is harder—but studying for a Master of Nursing Science in

another language was a challenge that Jiaxi Yu met head on.

Jiaxi came to New Zealand in 2001 with very limited English and

says “I never thought I could have gone this far.” It has been a

four-year journey for Jiaxi who says that she succeeded through

the help and support of her lecturers and fellow students at

Victoria in combination with her own determination.

Jiaxi found the design of the self-directed learning Master’s

programme to be a challenge, but it forced her to question

things that appear to be routine or ordinary.

Jiaxi’s research interests lie within the acute care setting,

e-learning and the Migrant Nurse experience in New Zealand.

Chris Bowden

MA Otago

“GSNMH offers the right mix of philosophy, theory

and practice and the staff really care about their

students’ success.”

Chris has just started his PhD and sees it as an important

step towards becoming a leader in the field of men’s grief and

suicide bereavement.

The main reasons he chose to embark on a PhD at the GSNMH

were the strong qualitative research skills of the staff; their

experience with ethics and mental health issues; their reputation

for encouraging innovation and creativity; and the School’s active

international connections with other researchers.

Chris is a busy lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Victoria,

facilitates a suicide bereavement grief education programme

and is involved in community mental health education. He says

the staff at the GSNMH are very supportive of professionals

juggling work and study commitments and promote

connections with other staff and students. “I feel very much a

part of a community of scholars and practitioners.”

Kay de Vries

Senior Lecturer

“It is essential to ‘get it right’ for care of older people

and particularly people with dementia, especially

when numbers are increasing every year.”

Kay worked as a Public Health Nurse on the West Coast for 13

years before moving to the UK. She spent 20 years in the UK

initially working in old age care before moving to palliative

care with the specific purpose of developing end of life care

for older people. This led to an interest in end of life care for

people with dementia and the bereavement experiences of

both caregivers and people with dementia.

Kay has taught extensively on advanced communication skills

in cancer and palliative care and has a deep interest in virtue

ethics and humility in nursing practice. Her research and

teaching have been focused on the above interests over the

past 10 years.

Kay returned to New Zealand from the UK in 2011 to continue

this focus and is particularly interested in developing the

Graduate School’s curriculum in relation to old age, dementia,

communication skills and virtue ethics in healthcare practice.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 29

History, Philosophy, Political Science

and International Relations

Te Kura Aro Whakamuri, Rapunga Whakaaro, Matai Tōrangapū me te Ao

school oF history, PhilosoPhy, Political science and international relations

Te Kura Aro Whakamuri, rapunga Whakaaro,

Matai Tōrangapū me te Ao

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/hppi


room 405, old Kirk Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5344

Email history@vuw.ac.nz


room 518, Murphy Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5368

Email philosophy@vuw.ac.nz

Political science and international relations

room 518, Murphy Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5351

Email politics@vuw.ac.nz

centre For strateGic studies

room 204, 16 Kelburn Parade

Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5437

Email css@vuw.ac.nz

30 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ History

͠ International Relations

͠ Philosophy

͠ Political Science

Additional postgraduate subject areas

͠ Logic

͠ Logic and Computation

͠ Strategic Studies

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ Master of International Relations

͠ Master of Strategic Studies

͠ PhD

The disciplines within the School of History, Philosophy,

Political Science and International Relations (HPPI) represent

important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts

and perspectives. Many students take courses in each of them.

Graduates develop skills in critical and creative thinking,

leadership, communication and research.

Victoria’s location in Wellington is particularly useful for

study as it is the political and cultural centre of New Zealand.

Wellington has the best research archives and resources in the

country for New Zealand history, as well as good early modern

material. The close proximity of our public records archives and

national collections—the Alexander Turnbull Library, National

Library, Archives New Zealand and the Parliamentary Library—

within a block of each other in ‘Wellington’s Government

Centre’, is unique in Australasia.

Also on the doorstep for you to visit and use: New Zealand Film

Archive; NZ Historic Places Trust; Te Papa; Waitangi Tribunal;

Museum of Wellington: City and Sea; Parliament; and the central

government departments. They can also be places to find parttime

and casual work, and later, professional work for graduates.

For further information, see our website



The study of History explores our past to help us understand

our present. It provides context for discussing and clarifying

the complex issues of 21st-century life. History broadens our

general cultural knowledge and reminds us that our own values

are not absolute.

The study of History develops a wide range of skills that

are increasingly valuable in the diverse 21st-century job

market. In-depth analysis of particular historical periods and

events not only builds knowledge applicable to particular

jobs, but also teaches generic skills applicable to a rapidly

changing job market. Studying History helps one to analyse

complex information, to problem-solve and to communicate

information effectively.

Our staff and students undertake research on a wide variety

of topics. Some recent and current research areas include:

partition in Eastern India; the slave trade; the first national

fitness drive; an exploration of John Dee’s political, magical,

and scientific writings; representation of history in film; US-Iran

relations; and war experiences.

The New Historians Postgraduate Conference is an annual

event that gives History postgraduates from around the

country the opportunity to present papers and establish close

ties within the New Zealand postgraduate research community.

The conference was an initiative of our past postgraduate

students and is organised by our current students, actively

involved in promoting the discipline.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 31


Philosophers explore the nature of argument and justification

and examine the rational basis of belief in all areas of enquiry.

Students of Philosophy develop skills in creative and critical

thinking, as well as learning to develop and defend their own

views about science, morality, religion and art, among many

other subjects. The concepts and methods of contemporary

philosophy can be useful for students majoring in other fields.

Philosophy should be included early in the degree, to allow the

option of taking advanced courses suited to other areas.

The Philosophy programme at Victoria has research skills in a

wide range of areas, including logic, ethics, critical thinking and

metaphysics. We also have links to other disciplines outside

the School, including computing and mathematics through

logic; science through the philosophy of biology, and ethics and

genetics; and art and art history through the philosophy of art.

Philosophy graduates find employment in a wide variety of

fields. The critical thinking and writing skills developed in

Philosophy are valued by employers in government, academia

and business. A large number of our graduates have gone on to

successful careers as advisers in Ministries of the Government.

Our former students have gone on to do PhDs in Philosophy at

some of the best universities in the world, including Princeton,

Stanford and MIT.

Active defence of your own ideas is an integral part of

postgraduate study in the Philosophy programme at Victoria.

Students are provided with ample opportunities to discuss their

philosophical ideas with fellow students in relaxed settings, such

as during the weekly student seminars and especially on the

student-run retreats in idyllic off-campus settings.

32 Victoria University of Wellington

Political Science and International Relations

Situated in New Zealand’s capital city, we are especially well

placed to give you the chance to study the nation’s politics,

the institutions of government and the manner in which

foreign affairs is conducted. Here you can see the rough and

tumble of politics-in-the-making (perhaps as a Parliamentary

intern in your Honours year). On the periphery of world affairs,

Wellington, paradoxically, offers a unique vantage point from

which to examine international relations.

What is the secret of successful political leadership? Do

structures or individuals most affect political outcomes? Such

questions, whether addressed comparatively in the study of

the domestic politics of particular countries or posed globally

to the interactions between states, are asked and answered by

our staff and students. The teaching of politics is not intended

to promote any particular ideology or policy. Rather, you will be

exposed to the complexity and variety of political phenomena,

and be given the necessary tools to understand and critically

analyse current events.

Interested in a career as a diplomat, an aid worker or serving

with the United Nations? Or simply curious about the world?

Victoria is the only university in New Zealand offering an

undergraduate major in International Relations that gives you

the opportunity to understand world affairs.

If you want to change direction mid-career, the Master of

International Relations (MIR) one-year qualification attracts

students from around the world. The core course gets

MIR students up to speed with the current theories about

international relations. In addition, there are elective courses

on topics that include migration, war and its aftermath, and


Centre for Strategic Studies

Te Pokapū Take Rautaki

Through research, teaching and public dialogue the Centre for

Strategic Studies (CSS) supports clear thinking and informed

debate about global security issues, strategic change in the

Asia-Pacific region and New Zealand’s choices in a changing

environment. Recently ranked among the world’s top 30

university-affiliated think-tanks, the CSS hosts the New Zealand

branch of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific

(CSCAP), delivers a postgraduate programme centred on the

Master of Strategic Studies and fosters close connections with

the official community. Its Director is Professor Robert Ayson.


International conferences

Victoria University of Wellington will host the 60th annual

AAP NZ Division Conference in 2012. The conference is the

most significant general philosophy conference held in

New Zealand each year and regularly attracts participants

from around the world. The conference will run from 2–6

December. Details of the conference can be found on the

AAP website http://aap.org.au

The 20th Pacific History Association Conference,

“Generations: History in the Pacific, Histories with a

Future”, will be held at Victoria from 6–8 December. PHA

2012 provides strategic opportunities for researchers with

projects in the early and advanced stages of research. Details

of the conference can be found at


In 2013 The Australasian Association for European History

Conference, “Faultlines: Cohesion and Division in Europe from

the 18th Century to the 21st” will be held at Victoria from 2–5

July. In the context of intense pressures on Europe’s cohesion,

the conference encourages reconsideration of Europe’s myriad

historical faultlines. Details of the conference can be found at


Hannah Blumhardt


“An Honours degree in International Relations was

the ideal preparation for my future. It was thoughtprovoking,

challenging and fulfilling.”

Hannah finished her BA(Hons) degree in 2011 and is currently

completing an Honours degree in Law. Her interests lie in

the area of research, policy and advocacy on issues of social

justice. She has completed several internships that have

utilised the skills and critical thinking she has developed from

studying, including internships at Oxfam New Zealand and

in Parliament. She is currently volunteering at the Whitireia

Community Law Centre in Porirua.

As a postgraduate student Hannah has had the opportunity

to help in the administration of academic conferences and to

deliver her own research at conferences. She was the President

of the student club Victoria International Development Society,

which has organised a range of high-profile speaker events and

panel discussions on campus. She is also a founding member

of Oppression Watch Aotearoa, an organisation focused

on addressing entrenched racism and oppression in the


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 33

Lee Woodman

Current BDI student working towards a

minor in Philosophy

“A constant attitude of learning ensures we remain

open to change and improvement in our thoughts

and beliefs.”

Hi, my name is Lee. I am currently in the final year of a

three-year Bachelor of Design Innovation. I am also studying

Philosophy as a minor. I feel fortunate being able to study after

already spending time in the workplace as this puts a different

emphasis on the time spent here. Design is a great subject

to help build systematic creative processes and also aid in

problem-solving. Philosophy helps in many ways too. It teaches

me to explain clearly the required message and helps to keep

the mind open for alternative views.

Viewing something from a different angle helps to pinpoint the

flaws or weak points. In this way Design and Philosophy can

help form a robust creative process. Also, studying helps me

learn how technology and global awareness can preserve and

enhance the places where we live.

34 Victoria University of Wellington

Giacomo Lichtner

Senior Lecturer, History

“Historical films are double-glazed windows onto

past and present. Historians study the space in

between, deceivingly empty, where past and present

interact and memories are formed.”

The History Programme at Victoria is committed to excellence

in the study and teaching of the past, placing New Zealand in a

global perspective.

Giacomo’s research complements the Programme’s

comparative and interdisciplinary strengths by examining the

relationship between history and the moving image. From the

propaganda films to modern-day epics, cinema has played a

crucial role in constructing national identities, reinforcing or

challenging perceptions of history. Giacomo has investigated

this role in a variety of historical and geographical contexts,

including Europe and India. After publishing primarily on the

representation of the Holocaust, Giacomo is completing a

study of fascism in Italian cinema since 1945.

Giacomo grew up in Rome and moved to Reading in 1996,

where he undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate

studies, spending time in Siena and Paris along the way. He

joined Victoria in 2003 as a Lecturer in History and Film.

Simon Judkins, History student’s poster L.A. Uncovered

awarded ‘Best Overall’ in the Victoria Summer Scholarships

Poster Competition.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 35

Languages and Cultures

Te Kura o ngā Reo me ngā Tikanga-ā-iwi

school oF lanGuaGes and cultures

Te Kura o ngā reo me ngā Tikanga-ā-iwi

room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5293

Email slc@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/slc

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Asian Studies

͠ Chinese

͠ French

͠ German

͠ Italian

͠ Japanese

͠ Modern Language Studies

͠ Spanish

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ PhD

Associated institutes/centres

͠ Asian Studies Institute

͠ Chair of Malay Studies

͠ New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation

36 Victoria University of Wellington

The School of Languages and Cultures coordinates the teaching

of languages, cultural studies and literature, from 100-level

courses through to Honours and postgraduate programmes.

Majors are offered in the following subjects: Asian Studies,

Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Language

Studies and Spanish.

These subjects have obvious affinities with others in the

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences such as Art History,

Classics, Cultural Anthropology, English, Film Studies, History,

International Relations, Linguistics, Media Studies, Music,

Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology.

There is also the possibility of combining language study with

courses for another degree, or a conjoint or double degree

such as Commerce, Architecture, Law, Music, Science, Teaching

or Tourism.

Languages and Cultures students have numerous opportunities

to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Victoria

International Leadership Programme and events organised by

centres such as the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation

and the Confucius Centre. The student clubs of the various

language and culture programmes also organise events,

excursions and performances.

The School offers exchanges with a number of universities

and many students take up Teaching Assistantships offered

in France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Scholarships and prizes

in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish are

also available.

Asian Studies

Asia is undergoing unprecedented economic and social change

and our relationships with the region require sophisticated

levels of knowledge and understanding. The Asian Studies

major at Victoria gives you the scope and flexibility to combine

material on Asia from subjects as varied as Political Science,

International Business, Religious Studies and Music among

others, all in one degree.


The Chinese Programme teaches the Chinese language

(Mandarin) from beginner to advanced levels. We also offer

studies of Chinese literature, culture and society. Students

can major in Chinese or take Chinese courses as electives.

The Programme provides a full range of training from

undergraduate and Honours to research degrees of MA and

PhD. Students are encouraged to undertake in-country studies

through exchanges.


Programme courses allow you to study French from beginner

level through to PhD and to learn about aspects of French and

francophone culture and literature. Most classes are taught in

French to increase exposure to the language. Exchanges with

French universities are encouraged.


The German major allows students to study the German

language in its spoken and written form from beginner to an

advanced stage over a period of three years. Underpinning

each level are content courses that provide an in-depth

understanding of the history, society and culture of Germanspeaking

countries from the 18th to the 21st century.


A major designed to develop Italian language skills from

absolute beginner to advanced level. Students then apply

their knowledge of the language to the study of Italian history,

society and culture in courses that focus on translation,

literature, films and the visual arts.


Victoria offers Japanese language and culture courses for

beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Exchanges

with several prestigious Japanese universities are offered.

Graduates seek employment in business, trade, tourism,

diplomacy, international relations and education.

Modern Language Studies

Modern Language Studies at Victoria combines study of a

modern language with courses in Linguistics to provide a

comprehensive language package. You can study Chinese,

French, German, Italian, Japanese, Māori, Samoan or Spanish.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 37


The Spanish major offers Spanish language courses at beginner,

intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses on the

history, cultures and literatures of Spain and Latin America.

Asian Studies Institute

The purpose of the Asian Studies Institute is to act as a focal

point for Victoria’s Asia-related activities.


Chair of Malay Studies

The Chair of Malay Studies at Victoria was inaugurated in March

1996 by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir

Mohamad. Sponsorship for the Chair was obtained through the

governments of Malaysia and New Zealand with the support of

private companies in both countries.


The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation

Te Tumu Whakawhiti Tuhinga o Aotearoa

The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation was

established in 2008 and has three main aims: to research

issues relating to the theory and practice of literary translation;

to provide support for the translation of New Zealand writers;

and the development of literary translation activities, in both

teaching and professional areas.


38 Victoria University of Wellington

Kerry Nitz

MSocSc Waikato,

GDipBusStud, GDipSc, GDipInfSc Massey,

DipTchg WellingtonCoE,

GDipArts, BA(Hons) Victoria

“The path is more important than the destination,

and there’s no reason to stick to just one.”

In between completing his MSocSc in Economics at Waikato

in 1994 and returning to full-time study for a BA(Hons) in

German at Victoria in 2011, Kerry had a varied career. Starting

off as an economist, he subsequently moved into information

technology, with a break in 2004–7 where he taught high school

mathematics and economics. His qualifications to date range

across Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Information Systems,

Teaching and German.

Kerry is currently studying intertextual references in Iris

Hanika’s 2008 German Book Prize short-listed novel Treffen

sich zwei for an MA in German—a refreshing change from

his BA(Hons) research paper which addressed problems in

translating the work of early 20th-century German economist

Werner Sombart.

Mica Moore

Current BA student

“You can’t underestimate the benefits of having

your eyes opened to new knowledge, new ways of

thinking and how to apply them.”

Mica is in the final year of her undergraduate degree studying

for a BA majoring in Japanese and International Relations, with

a minor in Development Studies. She has a keen interest in

international development and is hoping her study will take her

around the world, representing New Zealand in development

initiatives and strengthening ties. She has been thrilled by how

Victoria has provided her with the opportunities to get involved

in these areas both at home and overseas.

“There’s so much I can take part in through the courses I’m

studying. I was lucky enough to go to Japan last year for a sixweek

language programme, and opportunities such as these

are readily available. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of classes

that have continued with the same group of people over three

years; we’ve come to know and support each other, and the staff

in the School are fantastic as well. The whole atmosphere of the

University reflects the city which surrounds it—Wellington is

always buzzing, it’s an exciting place to be a part of.”

Ross Woods

Lecturer, Spanish

“When studying Spanish you don’t just learn a

language—you experience new cultures, see the

world through different eyes.”

Ross Woods is a lecturer in Spanish language and literature. After

completing a BA in Spanish and Italian, Ross received a PhD in

Spanish literature from University College Dublin in 2008. His

research and teaching focus on post-Spanish Civil War literature

with a particular interest in the varying representations of the

theme of memory in Spanish poetry and novels of this period. His

current research project uses literary maps to analyse a number

of novels by contemporary Spanish authors.

The chance to travel is one of the great advantages of studying

languages and Ross counts time spent in Spain while an

undergraduate as one of the most memorable experiences of

his life. Teaching and studying Spanish is a great way to become

familiar with the various cultures of Spain and Latin America,

and Ross finds it extremely rewarding to share his passion for the

Spanish-speaking world with students.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 39

Linguistics and

Applied Language Studies

Te Kura Tātari Reo

school oF linGuistics and aPPlied lanGuaGe studies

Te Kura Tātari reo

room 210, von Zedlitz Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5600

Email lals@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/lals

40 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Linguistics

͠ Second Language Education

Other undergraduate subject areas

͠ Deaf Studies/New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

͠ Writing

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Certificate in TESOL

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, TESOL)

͠ PhD

Additional qualifications

͠ Certificate of English Proficiency (pre-degree)

͠ Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL

Associated institutes/centres/units

͠ Deaf Studies Research Unit (DSRU)

͠ English Language Institute (ELI)

͠ New Zealand Dictionary Centre (NZDC)

͠ Language in the Workplace (LWP)

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS)

incorporates the Deaf Studies Research Unit, the English

Language Institute and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

The Language in the Workplace Project is also located within

the School. The creation of the School in 1997 consolidated

Victoria’s position as a major teaching and research centre for

linguistics and applied linguistics.

The School has a strong New Zealand and international profile

in areas as diverse as language learning and teaching (including

curriculum design and methodology), New Zealand English, the

description of English and other languages, the compilation

and analysis of electronic corpora, sociolinguistics (including

social dialectology, language maintenance and language

policy), linguistic theory, lexicography and Deaf studies. Staff

contribute regularly to international forums in their specialist

fields through publications and conference papers which can

be seen at www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/staff

Undergraduate programmes taught at the School include a BA

major in Linguistics, a BA major in Second Language Education

and programmes in New Zealand Sign Language, Writing and

English for Academic Purposes. The Writing focus includes

courses in business and print media that complement studies

in other schools and faculties. The English Language Institute

offers high-quality intensive English language courses for

speakers of other languages who are preparing for tertiary

study or who need English for professional purposes.


The use of language is one of the major ways of distinguishing

us from other animals. Linguistics is the systematic study of

human language and the uses people put it to. Our courses

consider questions such as “How does language work?”, “Why

do people speak differently in different contexts?”, “What

does language tell us about the human mind?”, “What do all

languages have in common?”, “How and why do dialects of a

language develop?”

Second Language Education

The Second Language Education major presents an

undergraduate pathway for those who are interested in

developing a career in language education and wish to

develop a good academic understanding of the field. It is also

available to experienced teachers who require an academic

training in language education but who have not met academic

requirements to undertake graduate study.

There is also a wide range of postgraduate courses in the areas

of linguistics and applied linguistics available in the School. For

more information, visit the School’s website


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 41

English Language Institute (ELI)

The ELI has been an important part of Victoria University for 50

years. Since 1961, students from 120 countries have studied at

the Institute either on the English language courses or on the

widely respected teacher education programmes. Most teacher

education programmes are now offered under the name of the

larger School. The English language courses continue under

the name of the ELI. The highly qualified teaching staff at the

Institute have had professional experience in working with

students from many parts of the world—the Pacific, Asia, Africa

and Europe. Language teaching at the Institute benefits directly

from our long-established research programme on the English

language and the processes of learning and using it. Most

of our course materials are designed and developed at the

Institute in response to the needs of our students.


Deaf Studies Research Unit (DSRU)

The School has a programme of research in New Zealand

Sign Language (NZSL), under the DSRU. Research in the

DSRU has focused on describing the lexicon and grammar of

NZSL, producing resources for teaching and learning NZSL,

documenting the cultural experiences of NZSL users, studying

Deaf people in education and investigating sociolinguistic

variation in the use of NZSL. The DSRU has also developed

an online dictionary of NZSL. Staff and postgraduate thesis

students contribute to the School’s research activities in the

area of NZSL and Deaf Studies.


42 Victoria University of Wellington

Language in the Workplace (LWP)

The LWP research project was established in 1996 to identify

characteristics of effective communication between people,

diagnose possible causes of miscommunication and explore

possible applications of the findings for New Zealand


The project initially received a generous grant from the

Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and has also

received Marsden funding to explore aspects of leadership,

including ethnically distinctive leadership styles. The LWP

database incorporates video and audio recorded material

from a wide range of different workplaces, including factories,

commercial workplaces, small businesses, government

departments and a hospital ward. Many aspects of interaction

have been analysed including small talk at work, humour,

decision-making, directives in the workplace and gendered

styles of talk at work. The database provides a rich starting

point for postgraduate projects and many PhD students have

been actively involved in contributing to the growing corpus of

data and analysis.


New Zealand Dictionary Centre (NZDC)

For more than 60 years, Victoria has been the major centre

for lexicography in New Zealand. A number of distinguished

lexicographers, many of them former students of Professor Ian

Gordon, have been graduates of Victoria and have contributed

to works of English lexicography, including the supplements

to the Oxford English Dictionary and the Australian National

Dictionary. In particular, the NZDC builds on the pioneering

scholarship of Dr Harry Orsman, whose research on New

Zealand English spanned more than 40 years and culminated

in 1997 in the publication of his award-winning Dictionary

of New Zealand English, the most comprehensive and

fully documented dictionary of New Zealandisms based

on historical principles. In 2005, the New Zealand Oxford

Dictionary, prepared at the Centre over several years, won

the reference section of the Montana Book Awards. Since that

time, lexicographers Dr Dianne Bardsley and Tony Deverson

have compiled a range of dictionaries and thesauruses for

schools and for trade, in partnership with Oxford University

Press. Former Director Emeritus Professor Graeme Kennedy is a

Senior Fellow at the Centre.

Every three years, two PhD research fellowships in New Zealand

English are offered at the Centre. The NZDC was established

at a time of significant advances in the technology to support

lexicography and the Centre makes use of large collections of

spoken and written New Zealand English in electronic corpora

to further its research aims and to provide terms and citations

for its database of New Zealand English terms.



The Independent Learning Association Conference

(ILA 2012)

The ILA Conference is being held in Wellington from 30

August–2 September 2012. We have a fabulous lineup

of keynote speakers and a large number of local and

international speakers have submitted abstracts. LALS has

a strong presence on the committee for the conference,

including Peter Gu, Averil Coxhead, David Crabbe and Irina

Elgort. Other members of the committee are from the

Language Learning Centre, CPIT and UNITEC. Join us for this

fabulous opportunity to explore independent learning.

More information can be found on the ILA website at


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 43

Kieran File


“Applied Linguistics is an interesting and incredibly

flexible subject with a range of possible research

directions which can have a lot of multidisciplinary

outcomes and applications.”

My PhD research looks at how context affects the language that

we use. To explore this phenomenon, I am investigating the

language of the post-match sports interview in rugby, football,

golf and tennis. The goal is to identify the language features

of this genre and the aspects of the context that lead to and

affect language use in these interviews. Linguistics provides

the background and tools to explore this, allowing me to get

behind the language and explore the cultural and contextual

influences on our language use.

I have previously completed a Master’s degree in this School

and I have taught English for specific purposes overseas.

Studying Applied Linguistics and Linguistics has opened up

a range of potential opportunities for me in an increasingly

globalised world that is relying more and more on linguistic

knowledge to facilitate intercultural communication.

44 Victoria University of Wellington

Sasha Calhoun


“Language is central to being human, so it’s exciting

to be in linguistics—to think about how language

works every day.”

Sasha’s research focuses on the functions of prosody and

intonation (ie. the rhythm, timing and tune of speech). Prosody

is essential to speech; we cannot speak without it (without

sounding like a robot!). Sasha’s work has looked at the role of

stress in conveying meaning, such as why “She doesn’t LIKE

him” differs from “She doesn’t like HIM”. She has also looked

at how we interpret intonation in discourse expressions

like “Really?” She is also interested in the role of rhythm in

language processing. Sasha is currently teaching phonetics

and phonology at undergraduate and Master’s levels, and is

supervising four PhD students.

Sasha is from Wellington, and completed her BA(Hons) at

Victoria. She returned to Victoria in mid-2010 after many years at

the University of Edinburgh, where she completed her PhD, and

more recently was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. She

has published in top international journals, including Language.

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Social and Cultural Studies

Te Kura Mahinga Tangata

school oF social and cultural studies

Te Kura Mahinga Tangata

room 921, Murphy Building

Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5317

Email sacs@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/sacs

46 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Criminology

͠ Cultural Anthropology

͠ Social Policy

͠ Sociology

Other undergraduate subject areas

͠ Methods in Social and Cultural Research

͠ Topic in Feminist Theory: Key Thinkers and Perspectives*

*Subject to approval.

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ PhD

The School of Social and Cultural Studies (SACS) brings

together the respective teaching, research and scholarship

strengths of Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, Social Policy

and Sociology. We are interested in critical social theory and

what you can expect to learn from us are current analyses of

how societies and cultures are formed, how they are governed,

how they break down and how we might envisage new and

viable future social and cultural systems. This knowledge and

the skills you will acquire along the way can then be applied in

a wide range of occupations.


Criminology is the study of crime and the social, legal and

policy responses to criminal behaviour. The Institute of

Criminology established at Victoria University in 1975 has

a depth of expertise as the first university in Aotearoa/

New Zealand to offer Criminology as a major. Criminology

integrates a range of disciplines (including law, psychology,

social policy, sociology and cultural studies) to provide a

fascinating insight into crime and society.

Criminology students at Victoria will study the characteristics

and social context of offenders and their victims, learn how the

police operate, and how the law, the courts and correctional

agencies try to prevent and control crime. Students will also be

encouraged to question and critically explore crime and criminal

behaviour as a social construct, and examine alternative ways of

managing and responding to the ‘crime’ problem.

Staff research areas include: state crimes; human rights;

histories and cultures of punishment; imprisonment

practices; the psychology of criminal behaviour; evolutionary

criminology, drug and alcohol misuse; drug law and policy;

harm reduction; sexual offending and offenders; experiences

and treatment of rape victims; family violence; prostitution

law reform; media representations of crime; the politics of

crime; community sentencing and correctional agencies;

crime prevention; crime reduction and community safety; and

private policing and security.

Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology is the ‘study of human beings’. Within this

general field, Cultural Anthropology seeks to understand and

explain cultural diversity and similarity by studying peoples

and societies from all over the world. Cultural Anthropology

at Victoria offers comparative insights into the different ways

social life is meaningfully organised and changes, locally and

globally. An education in Cultural Anthropology provides

you with a wide range of skills relating to cultural and social

analysis, complementing other subjects by providing a broad

comparative understanding of human society and culture. Staff

research interests include: culture and migration; the cultural

dimensions of inequality and power; medical systems and the

body; Pacific cultures; ethnicity; refugees; architecture; and

material culture.

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Social Policy

Social Policy is concerned with the study of the needs and

wellbeing of the population and how a society organises to

meet such needs. Social Policy includes social issues like

the alleviation of poverty, the provision of health care, the

allocation of housing resources, equity in education and the

Treaty of Waitangi debate. Social Policy considers these issues

using social, economic and political perspectives. Policy is

made in Wellington at the Beehive and Parliament and is

enacted by government institutions based here.

Social Policy at Victoria studies how and why social policy

gets made and how it works in the real world. Careers for

Social Policy majors are found in government departments,

health care, management of private business, journalism

and the non-profit sector. Staff research interests include:

social movements; the role of discourse in policy-making and

political processes; women and political representation in New

Zealand; childcare and unpaid work debates; social inequality;

philanthropy and the non-profit sector; and public sociology.


Sociology is the study of social life. Sociologists examine all

kinds of group situations, from interpersonal relationships to

global links between peoples, in order to understand and explain

social patterns in their own and other societies. Sociology is an

exciting discipline whose ideas and methods add fresh insights

on the major issues confronting our world and our ability to deal

with them. In the process it opens up new life experiences and

opportunities for a wide range of career paths.

Staff research interests include: nationalism; multi-culturalism

and bi-culturalism; medical sociology; gender, sexuality and

health; bioethics; ageing; death and dying; hegemony and race

relations in New Zealand; classical and contemporary political

and social theory; the history of ideas; political sociology; the

sociology of development and globalisation; cultural studies;

embodiment; everyday life; and humour.

48 Victoria University of Wellington

Maree Martinussen


“According to Oscar Wilde ‘The truth is rarely pure

and never simple’; using the skills and theories from

Sociology allows one to explore the ‘truths’ that

make up our day-to-day lives.”

My way of looking at the world has been completely

transformed by my studies in Sociology. We take much of the

motivations and reasoning that guide our everyday actions and

thoughts for granted, without realising that we are partaking

in an intricate web of systems and processes that make up our

social world. To ask about the world ‘What is changing and

what is staying the same?’, ‘What enables those changes, and

who do they affect?’ means that we are in a better position to

act as agents of social change.

Pinning down what is at the core of Sociology is notoriously

difficult. This can be partly attributed to the fact that what we

are studying—societies—is complex and dynamic. Rather than

seeing any conundrums in this, I relish studying something that

is constantly changing, and I’m happy for my sociological work

to never be done!


Poole Smith

Current BA student

“Studying Cultural Anthropology gives you an

understanding of how we as humans interact with

our environment and with each other.”

Cultural Anthropology has intrigued me since the very

first lecture. It has opened my eyes to our world’s vast and

diverse array of cultures. More importantly though, through

anthropological ideas and theories, I’ve learnt to interpret and

understand these cultures. I no longer see foreign ways of life as

bizarre anomalies, but as unique and symbolically meaningful

interpretations of what it means to be a human being.

Furthermore, these ideas can be applied to our own culture,

making the study of anthropology all the more important.

I really appreciate the personal nature of the Cultural

Anthropology Programme. Classes are generally a lot smaller

than those in many other courses and the friendly lecturers take

advantage of this to make lectures and tutorials much more

interactive. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying Anthropology and

am looking forward to postgraduate studies.

Julian Buchanan

Associate Professor, Criminology

“Responses to crime are too often informed by

populist sound bites—Criminology can provide a

much needed antidote of critical, well-reasoned,

evidence-based theoretical insights.”

Julian’s early career as a probation officer involved supervising

offenders in Liverpool, England. This provided valuable

criminological insights: visiting prisons; courts; police cells;

and most importantly, the homes of offenders. Listening and

understanding the ‘world’ as they experienced it, has had a

significant impact upon his thinking on crime.

During the time of the UK ‘heroin epidemic’ Julian was appointed

a drug specialist and pioneered harm reduction theory, policy and

practice, and helped establish one of the largest multi-agency

community drugs teams in the country. Following this, an academic

career took him to the Universities of Liverpool, Central Lancashire

and Glyndŵr before joining Victoria in January 2011. Julian has

researched and published widely in the related areas of probation,

social exclusion, stigma, reintegration and problematic drug use.

He is a strong critic of over-simplified populist approaches to drug

control which he argues have done more harm than good.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 49

Te Kawa a Māui

School of Māori Studies

te KaWa a mĀui/school oF mĀori studies

room 102, 50 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5314

Email maori-studies@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/maori


͠ Tohu Māoritanga/Diploma in Māoritanga

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Māori Resource Management

͠ Māori Studies

͠ Te Reo Māori

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours

͠ Master of Arts

͠ PhD

Associated links

͠ Te Herenga Waka Marae


͠ Te Pūtahi Atawhai


50 Victoria University of Wellington

Te Kawa a Māui at Victoria

Te Kawa a Māui is the School of Māori Studies at Victoria

University. Māori Studies was established as an independent

academic unit in the University in 1978 when Tā Hirini Moko

Mead was appointed as the first professor.

Māori Studies aims to provide an education that empowers

students to understand and participate effectively in the Māori

world and, above all, enable them to make a positive contribution

to the development of Māori culture, society and politics.

The School offers courses at every level in the University

from undergraduate diploma through to PhD. The academic

programme of the School is based on teaching both Māori

language and culture, and the School has established an

enviable reputation as a leading producer of fluent Māori

speakers in the country, including luminaries such as Julian

Wilcox, Mereana Hond, Hon Justice Joe Williams and many

other high-profile New Zealanders.

Central to the Māori Studies academic programme is Te

Herenga Waka, the University Marae. This marae was the first

university-based marae to be established in New Zealand

and really came of age in 1986 when its carved house, Te

Tumu Herenga Waka, was officially opened. The marae is a

base for a range of Māori student activities. Amongst other

things, lunches are provided during the work week, classes are

taught in the wharenui, class noho marae take place there, the

kapa haka practises there and it is the site of numerous hui

throughout the year.

Our academic programme includes a range of courses that

are part of several degree and diploma programmes and

includes the option of three separate Māori Studies majors in

the BA degree.

At undergraduate level we offer the Tohu Māoritanga which

is a one-year diploma programme. It is designed to provide

an opportunity for people who might not otherwise consider

university education as an option. Students as young as 16 years

of age may be admitted and some of the points completed in the

Tohu can be credited towards a BA degree as well.

Māori Studies

This is the most popular major within Māori Studies, producing

graduates with a well-rounded understanding of te reo me

ōna tikanga. Students emerge with an understanding of

Māori language; Māori culture—past and present; and the

relationship between Māori and other cultures in New Zealand,

Polynesia and the world. The major combines well with all

other BA subjects and degrees.

Māori Resource Management

This major provides a pathway for students to attain an

in-depth understanding of the complex issues in this much

sought after field. Students graduate with an understanding of

and competency in Māori language; the relationship between

Māori customary concepts, their application in the modern

world; and resource management skills. The major has strong

interdisciplinary connections in the Faculty of Science, the

Victoria Business School and within the Faculty of Humanities

and Social Sciences.

Te Reo Māori

This major is designed to meet the needs and aspirations

of students committed to the acquisition, analysis and

preservation of te reo Māori. Students graduate with a fluency

in both written and oral communications; an awareness of

issues; and a competency in linguistic analysis of te reo Māori.

There is growing national demand for Māori language speakers,

particularly in the public, broadcasting and education sectors.

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Postgraduate study

After the completion of a BA our students are strongly

encouraged to consider graduate and postgraduate study. The

postgraduate programme offered by Te Kawa a Māui is highly

flexible, designed to enable you to tailor your study to suit your

personal, professional and academic needs.

Postgraduate study usually requires enrolment in either a

BA(Hons), or in the case of students who have not majored

in Māori Studies in their undergraduate degree, a Graduate

Diploma in Arts. Both are one-year full-time courses (or the

equivalent in part-time study) and the BA(Hons) may lead to

enrolment in the MA programme. Students who have been

awarded First Class Honours or Second Class (First Division)

Honours are encouraged to complete a thesis in their MA year,

but it is possible to complete the MA by coursework as well.

The highest degree that we offer is the PhD in Māori Studies.

PhD students are normally required to be in residence at Māori

Studies and are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of

the School.

It is our experience that students who complete degrees

in Māori Studies become highly employable in a range of

occupations. Our alumni are working in jobs as diverse as

television presenters to judges. Many are employed in various

areas of government but are also found in the arts and working

for their various iwi.

52 Victoria University of Wellington

Ewan Pohe

DipHort Massey, BA, LLB, MIM Victoria

“Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he

maunga teitei.”

“To achieve your major objective, come what may,

you must persevere.”

Ewan was 25 when he started his first university qualification,

a Diploma in Horticulture. As with many Māori, no-one in his

whānau had been to university before, and although he had

plenty of work experience, he had limited study skills. Ewan

came to Victoria, graduating with a BA and LLB. After travelling

abroad and establishing a successful business career Ewan

then returned to Victoria to complete a Master of Information

Management, before moving on to a PhD in Māori Studies.

Inspired by his experiences as an avid learner and now teacher

of te reo Māori, the topic of his PhD thesis was Māori language

revitilisation. Ewan credits the supportive whānau environment

that Te Herenga Waka Marae and Te Kawa a Māui provided to

overcoming the challenges of writing the PhD thesis.

Kāinga te miro o te rākau mātauranga ā nā tātou, nā te iwi Māori

te Ao—For Māori, a consummate education is the gateway to

our future opportunities.

Te Wehi Wright

Current BA/LLB student

“Maintaining a good work-life balance is

important and contributes to the successful

completion of studies.”

I am currently enrolled in a conjoint BA/LLB degree in

Te Reo Māori and Law. I am under no illusion that the path to

completing them successfully will be easy. What has helped

tremendously so far is having the support of the many friends I

have made at university as well as the staff who have the same

passion as me for their respective interests. Te Herenga Waka

Marae has also been a good place to base myself. They provide

study facilities, free tea and coffee and cheap lunches for us in

a Māori-friendly environment.

I love MAOR 322 because I grew up speaking Te Reo and am

now exploring the technical aspects of language, which is like

maths with words.

“He ao te rangi ka ūhia, ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere.”

When the sky covers over with clouds, the feathers of a bird

can soar through them. (Māori proverb)

Mike Ross


“I ako iho, kia mau ki te pai, kia atawhai ki te


“It was taught and passed down, hold on to what is

right and care for others.” Māori proverb

Mike is a graduate of the Tohu Māoritanga programme and

has a Master of Public Policy from Victoria. Mike spent many

years working in youth and community organisations. He has a

particular interest in whānau, hapū and iwi development which

led to various roles and then to joining Te Kawa a Māui

at Victoria.

Mike is currently teaching Te Reo at 200 and 300 levels and

believes the maintenance and advancement of the Māori

language and tikanga are important components of Māori wellbeing.

He enjoys being part of the Te Kawa a Māui whānau and

the opportunities that come from being a part of the University.

Mike is currently working on a PhD looking at the practice of

accountability in the governance of Māori organisations.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 53

Va’aomanū Pasifika

va’aomanŪ PasiFiKa

room 101, 6 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5830

Email pacific-studies@vuw.ac.nz


Website www.victoria.ac.nz/pasifika

54 Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts majors

͠ Pacific Studies

͠ Samoan Studies

Graduate and postgraduate qualifications

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Pacific Studies only)

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Pacific Studies only)

͠ Master of Arts (Pacific Studies only)

͠ PhD (Pacific Studies only)

Va’aomanū Pasifika comprises two programmes—the Pacific

Studies programme and the Samoan Studies programme.

The aims of both courses of study are to increase student

understanding of Pacific issues and to produce Pacific

graduates who can think critically and creatively and who will

contribute to and be leaders in the development of Pasifika

communities in New Zealand, the region and internationally.

Victoria has a proud tradition of research, teaching and learning

about the Pacific. Va’aomanū Pasifika means ‘canoe/journey of

good fortune’ and, with staff internationally recognised in their

fields, we can help you on your own journey of discovery and


Pacific Studies

Victoria is one of three universities in New Zealand offering

a BA degree in Pacific Studies and our Pacific Studies

postgraduate programme is also expanding steadily. The Pacific

Studies programme provides students the chance to develop

critical perspectives on knowledge about the diverse cultures

and communities of the Pacific. Attention is given to processes

of both continuity and change in Pacific societies and

communities. Pacific Studies at Victoria emphasises a cultural

studies approach (along the lines of the Birmingham School) to

analysing historical and contemporary phenomena.

Pacific Studies is also building its social sciences research and

teaching capacity. Here students examine current and historic

issues of concern to Pacific communities in New Zealand and

the wider region, as well as contribute to and critique emerging

strategies for ensuring Pacific participation in policy and

programme decision-making forums.

Wellington is an exciting place for Pacific Studies because it

is the centre of political power in New Zealand: through our

programme, students have access to the Beehive, government

ministries and agencies working with Pacific communities

here and abroad, Pacific Islands High Commissions and

representatives from non-governmental organisations and civil

society. Wellington is also the place for access to information

and the arts with Te Papa, the Turnbull Library, Archives New

Zealand, New Zealand Film Archive and the International

Festival of the Arts being right at our doorstep.

The programme in Pacific Studies maintains close working

relationships with staff who teach Pacific content in other

programmes at Victoria such as: Architecture; Art History;

Cultural Anthropology; Education; English; Geography;

History; Law; Māori Studies; Music; and Political Science and

International Relations.

Samoan Studies

The Samoan language is the third most spoken language in New

Zealand and as such it is being studied by Samoans and non-

Samoans alike at schools and universities. However, Victoria

is the only university in the world to offer Samoan Studies as

an undergraduate major. The Samoan Studies programme

offers the opportunity to study, understand and appreciate

fa’asāmoa—Samoan language, culture and society. A research

component on Samoan language construction and use is also

now included in the programme.

Samoan Studies graduates are now in demand in government

policy agencies (such as Pacific Islands Affairs, Health, Justice

and Housing) in the social services sector and as teachers of

Samoan, now that Samoan is an NCEA subject.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 55

Antonia McBryde

BA, LLB, GDipArts

“Pacific Studies invites students to examine, negotiate

and seek to understand their roots and routes.”

My route to Pacific Studies has been a winding one, at times

through clear lagoons, at other times through deep waters.

Here now in Pacific Studies’ soil I have put down roots. I

recognise that my undergraduate journey via Laws, Te Reo

Māori, Samoan Studies and English Literature has naturally led

me to this interdisciplinary, comparative and indigenous space

where I can place my own map onto the map of the Pacific.

Here at Pacific Studies, under the tutelage of inspirational

thinkers and researchers, I am proposing a research project

that examines, negotiates and seeks to understand why and

how Pacific people in Aotearoa learn Te Reo Māori. The other

courses in my honours programme, in Cultural Anthropology

and English Literature, complement my research with reflective

space and points of connection.

56 Victoria University of Wellington



Senior Lecturer

“E lele a le toloa ‘ae ma’au lava i le vai.”

“A toloa bird will fly away but will always return to

where the water is.” (Samoan proverb)

As a Samoan academic researcher who was born in Samoa but

grew up in New Zealand, I have always had an interest in Samoan

things. My undergraduate degrees were in Law and Sociology.

My interest in Sociology led me to do doctoral research on what

I called the ‘spirits of governing’ that govern Samoan youth

offender cases in New Zealand.

An opportunity to work in the Pacific health sector, particularly

in Pacific mental health and addictions research, triggered an

interest in cultural models of research and service delivery.

This opportunity gave me insight not only into the on-theground

workings of public policy and research, but also into

how good Pacific research can make a positive contribution to

the development of Pacific services and research models.

My current research interests focus on two broad themes: the

development of a Pacific jurisprudence, and the development

of Pacific research models.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 57

International Institute

of Modern Letters

Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o Te Ao

international institute oF modern letters

Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o Te Ao

16 Wai-te-ata road, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 6854

Fax 04-463 6865

Email modernletters@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters

58 Victoria University of Wellington

The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML)

hosts Victoria’s Creative Writing programme, focusing on

contemporary imaginative writing. It offers both undergraduate

and postgraduate courses in Creative Writing. IIML graduates

are now among New Zealand’s leading contemporary writers.

Increasingly, they are also at the forefront of creative writing

development in the New Zealand tertiary sector and have a

growing international presence.


Our undergraduate programme is based on a range of

specialised workshops which provide a forum for writer visits,

for the study of appropriate genre readings and for close

discussion of the ongoing work of class members. Each student

submits a portfolio of work for assessment at the completion of

any course.

The undergraduate courses in Poetry, Short Fiction, Children’s

Writing and Creative Non-fiction, as well as other Special

Topic courses, can contribute to a BA or be included in other

degrees by arrangement with the relevant faculty. Up to two

such courses may be included in an English Literature major,

provided not more than one is at 300 level. From 2013 a minor

in Creative Writing will be available.*

*Subject to approval.


Creative writing workshops will obviously be of interest to

students of English literature, but scientists and others from

a range of backgrounds have successfully taken our courses.

Some courses—such as the Children’s Writing Workshop—will

be of particular interest to teachers. All of our undergraduate

courses can be taken by themselves, or as part of a longer

degree programme.

To ensure quality teaching and learning, these are limited-entry

courses and must be applied for (in addition to enrolment). The

writing sample submitted with applications will be especially

important in deciding admissions.

Master’s and PhD

The MA in Creative Writing is a one-year full-time graduate

research degree which gives recognition to work in creative

writing. We offer streams in Writing for the Page (poetry,

fiction, creative non-fiction) and Scriptwriting (stage, screen,

radio). The MA encourages talented new writers to identify and

develop their own distinctive voices in their chosen medium

through a programme of workshops, master classes, portfolio

supervision and complementary reading. Students in the

Scriptwriting stream will also complete industry placements.

Entry to the MA in Creative Writing is highly competitive

and the quality of the writing sample submitted with your

application will be central to deciding course admissions.

The IIML also offers New Zealand’s first PhD programme in

Creative Writing. This highly selective course consists of two

related parts: a creative component, in the form of a full-length

work for the page, or the text of full-length works for stage

or screen; and a complementary critical component in the

form of an academic/scholarly study contextualising and/or

complementing the creative component. Applicants will need a

First Class or High Second Class Honours or a Master’s degree

in a relevant field. The quality of your proposal will also be very


Note that our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are

not a classroom version of a writing manual—we do not teach

a specific set of predetermined skills. Rather, our aim is to

develop the imaginative capacity and individual literary skills

of emerging writers in a stimulating workshop environment.

Visit our website (www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters)

or contact us directly for more information about our

undergraduate or postgraduate courses and application


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 59


In addition to the general scholarships available through the

University, the IIML has the discretion to offer up to six project

scholarships to MA candidates at the end of each year. These

include the Michael Hirschfeld Project Scholarship and the

Jean Squire Project Scholarship. The IIML also offers several

annual prizes for significant achievement at postgraduate

level, including the Adam Prize and the David Carson-Parker

Embassy Prize for the best portfolios in the Writing for the Page

and Scriptwriting streams, and the Biggs Poetry Prize, which

recognises a graduating poet. Undergraduate prizes include the

Maurice Gee Prize in Children’s Writing, the Prize for Original

Composition (prose) and the Story Inc. Prize for Poetry.

Recent visitors

Recent visitors to Victoria’s Creative Writing programme

include bookworld professionals along with such writers as

Andrew Bovell, Philippa Boyens, Brian Castro, Santo Cilauro,

Mark Doty, Richard Ford, Lavinia Greenlaw, Lee Gutkind, Joy

Harjo, August Kleinzahler, Glyn Maxwell, Michael Palmer,

Richard Powers, Ron Rash, Christopher Reid, David Vann,

Christopher Vogler, Linda Voorhees, Eliot Weinberger and

Lesley Wheeler.

Outside the workshop

The IIML hosts Victoria’s annual writer in residence (in 2012,

young adult writer Bernard Beckett). We publish the online

anthology Best New Zealand Poems and the online literary

journal Turbine, as well as engaging with the wider writing and

reading community through annual events like our Writers on

Mondays series and the National Schools Writing Festival and

Poetry Awards.



60 Victoria University of Wellington

Award winners

In recent years many staff and former students of the IIML have

won or been shortlisted for the New Zealand Post (formerly

Montana) Book Awards. Since 2007 this list has included staff

members Damien Wilkins, Bill Manhire and Chris Price, and

Creative Writing graduates Airini Beautrais, Rachel King, Mary

McCallum, Jenny Bornholdt, Eleanor Catton and Emily Perkins.

In 2010, MA graduates Anna Taylor and Pip Desmond won the

Best First Book Awards for Fiction and Non-Fiction respectively.

In 2011, MA graduates and completing PhD candidates

Laurence Fearnley and Pip Adam won the overall Fiction and

Best First Book of Fiction categories respectively, Kate Camp

won the overall Poetry Award and Lynn Jenner won Best First

Book of Poetry. Craig Cliff won Best First Book in the 2011

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

MA Page convener Chris Price spent 2008 as writer in residence

at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport, Auckland. All

three MA conveners have now been awarded the New Zealand

Post Katherine Mansfield Prize which funds a writer’s residency

in Menton, France; Damien Wilkins in 2008, Ken Duncum in

2010 and most recently, Chris Price in 2011. The IIML’s Director

Bill Manhire won the prize in 2003.

Tina Makereti


“The things I appreciate most at the IIML are the

strong sense of community and diversity of projects,

as well as the immense support and astute critical

input of other writers.”

Tina’s first collection of short stories, Once Upon a Time in

Aotearoa, began life in the 2008 MA Creative Writing workshop

at the IIML. It was published in 2010 by Huia Publishers, and

named one of the best New Zealand books of 2010 by the

New Zealand Listener and Sunday Star Times. In 2011 it won

the Nga Kupu Ora Award for Fiction.

In 2009 Tina was the winner of the non-fiction category of the

Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and

the Best Short Story in English at the Pikihuia Awards for Māori

Writers. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing,

which consists of a novel inspired by her mixed heritage and

Moriori culture, and a critical analysis of fiction by Patricia

Grace, Kim Scott and Edward P. Jones.

Chris Price

Senior Lecturer

“All writers need to work at becoming their own best

readers and editors: in the workshop, we do this by

reading each other, as well as the great community

of writers we hope to join.”

Chris Price is a past editor of Landfall, has worked in publishing

and was for many years coordinator of the New Zealand

International Arts Festival’s Writers and Readers Week.

Chris’s first book of poems, Husk, won the 2002 Montana Best

First Book of Poetry Award. Her second book, Brief Lives (2006),

is a genre-defying work that was shortlisted in the biography

category of the 2007 Book Awards. Her most recent book is a

poetry collection, The Blind Singer (2009).

As 2011 New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize winner, Chris spent

six months living and writing in Menton, France. In 2012 she is

one of six poets from New Zealand and Germany who will travel

to Tolaga Bay to witness the Transit of Venus, then produce new

work for presentation as part of New Zealand’s programme as

country of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Stout Research Centre

for New Zealand Studies

Te Kura Tātari Reo

stout research centre

Te Kura Tātari reo

12 Wai-te-ata road, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5305

Email stout-centre@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/stout-centre

62 Victoria University of Wellington

Our history, society and culture

The Stout Research Centre specialises in multidisciplinary

and innovative approaches to key issues in New Zealand

history, society and culture, and often seeks to place them in

a comparative or transnational context. The Centre offers MA

and PhD qualifications by thesis in New Zealand Studies and

supervises students from other disciplines such as History

and New Zealand Literature. Postgraduate study at the Stout

Centre is particularly appropriate for those equally interested

in combining disciplines, such as history and literature, or

in New Zealand research problems best unlocked by an

interdisciplinary approach.

The Stout Centre was established in 1984 with the generous

support of the Stout Trust, to encourage scholarly inquiry

into New Zealand society in a collegial, interdisciplinary

environment. In addition to its three professional staff, the

Centre hosts the JD Stout Fellow who is appointed annually to

the prestigious JD Stout Fellowship.

Recent Fellows include historians John and Hilary Mitchell,

economist Brian Easton, scholar-poet John Newton, education

researcher Cathy Wylie and historian Patricia O’Brien. The

Centre is also home to the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit,

which carries out independent scholarly research on Treaty of

Waitangi matters.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate students at the Stout Centre are supervised by

internationally recognised scholars in a dedicated research

environment. Stout Centre Director, Professor Lydia Wevers,

specialises in New Zealand and Australian literature, and the

history of reading and travel writing. Professor Richard Hill is

the Director of the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit and his

research areas include Crown-Māori relations, the history of

policing and social control, and labour movement history.

Associate Professor Anna Green, an historian specialising in

memory, labour and oral history, joins the Stout Centre in

September 2012.


Students at the Stout Centre become part of a lively research

unit that holds regular seminar series and international


The Centre also hosts independent scholars from the

community working on a wide variety of research topics.

Recent residents include Rachel Barrowman, writing a

biography of Maurice Gee; Anne Opie, studying prisoners’

transitions to family/whānau and community; and Bernard

Cadogan, writing a biography of Sir George Grey that focuses

on his contribution to 19th-century thought.


Students at the Stout Centre are well placed to take advantage

of the excellent research resources available in the capital

city, including Archives New Zealand, the Alexander Turnbull

Library, National Library and New Zealand Film Archive.

Students at the Centre develop skills in critical thinking,

research, writing and analysis, and its graduates have had

careers in teaching, libraries and museums, the public service,

policy analysis and contract research.

The Centre publishes the multidisciplinary Journal of

New Zealand Studies, and the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit

publishes three series of papers: Occasional Papers; Historical

Documents; and the Rangatiratanga Series.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 63

Richard Hill


“The history of the policing of empire is inextricably

interwoven with that of the dispossession of

indigenous peoples.”

An historian of policing and social control in colonial New

Zealand and other colonies, including colonies of empires

other than the British, Richard also works on the history of the

interaction between states (past and present) and indigenous

peoples. As a former negotiator in Treaty negotiations processes,

and a current member of the Waitangi Tribunal, he has long

been involved in applying historical scholarship to Treaty-based

reconciliation. He has published four books on policing/social

control in 19th and early 20th-century New Zealand, and two

books on Crown–Māori relations from 1900–2000.

Richard supervises postgraduate students whose studies cover

a diverse range of subjects, but he specialises in supervising

work focused on coercion, state activity and indigeneity. He is

currently writing a book on comparative policing in colonies.

64 Victoria University of Wellington

Therese Crocker

BA(Hons) Massey

“Historians have tended to focus on the hearing

of Treaty of Waitangi claims. We now need to

shift our gaze to the process and outcomes of

Treaty negotiations.”

Therese has long had an interest in New Zealand history, sparked

by her upbringing in Patea in South Taranaki. After graduating

from Massey University in 1993 with a BA(Hons), focusing on

New Zealand history, she started work as a historian at the

Office of Treaty Settlements. Over the past 14 years Therese has

continued to work as an independent research historian. Much

of this work has been in the field of Treaty settlements.

Her doctoral research will focus on the development of the

Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement process, from 1988 to

1998. That period encompasses the establishment of a formal

negotiations process between claimants and the Crown, the

launch of the ‘fiscal envelope’ policies and the settlement of

several major claims including the pioneering Waikato-Tainui

and Ngai Tahu settlements. This work will investigate the

motivation behind the establishment of the claims settlement

process and its evolution in that initial decade.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 65

Wai-te-ata Press

Te Whare Tā o Wai-te-ata

Wai-te-ata Press

Te Whare Tā o Wai-te-ata

room 006, rankine Brown Building, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5784

Email sydney.shep@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/wtapress

Featured course

TXTT 201 Print, Communication and Culture

If you thought you knew everything about books and print,

think again. This course examines the history of the book

from oral performance and cave painting, to contemporary

graffiti, tattooing and e-publications. We undertake printing

projects in the letterpress printery and use any and all digital

tools at our disposal to explore the relationship between

communication and culture. Students come from all across

the University and are at all levels, so classes are energetic

and engaging. Think about joining us!

66 Victoria University of Wellington

Wai-te-ata Press is a letterpress printing facility founded in

1962 by the late Professor Emeritus DF McKenzie. It boasts

one of the finest collections of historic printing equipment,

metal and wood types and industrial realia in the southern


As a teaching laboratory, Wai-te-ata Press is used to explore

historic and contemporary information technology and design

in the context of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and

workshops for media studies, architecture and design, history,

English literature, theatre and music students, amongst others.

Graphic design students from the lower North Island attend

customised workshops and the Press also provides invaluable

experience and internships for publishing students. Throughout

the year, letterpress printing and bookbinding courses for

community and professional designers are organised through

the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

As a research centre funded by a range of internal and external

grants, staff and students investigate topics in book history and

print culture, communication and media theory and material

culture studies. Collaborative eResearch projects include: the

New Zealand Reading Experience Database [NZ-RED] that

initially focuses on Reading in World War One and links with

partners in the UK, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands;

The Print History Project, devised by Wai-te-ata Press, the

JC Beaglehole Room and the NZ Electronic Text Centre; and

The Digital Colenso, a prosopographical collaboratorium.

As a book arts studio, Wai-te-ata Press produces limited

edition, fine press and computer-generated publications by

contemporary New Zealand writers and artists, including

Vincent O’Sullivan, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Greg O’Brien and

Miria George, and by staff and students from the International

Institute of Modern Letters.

Although bearing a similar name and founded by Douglas

Lilburn shortly after the establishment of Wai-te-ata Press,

Waiteata Music Press is now a completely separate entity

based at the New Zealand School of Music.

The Press is directed by The Printer, Dr Sydney J. Shep, Senior

Lecturer in Print and Book Culture. Sydney specialises in a

variety of book history and print culture research projects,

including the history of paper and papermaking in 19th-century

New Zealand, edible typography and street graffiti, Wellington’s

book trade history, diasporic print cultures and transnational

book history. In 2009, she was awarded a three-year Marsden

Fund grant (her second) to study 19th-century typographical

journals. Sydney is also a practising letterpress printer,

exhibiting book artist and designer bookbinder who undertakes

creative research commissions at Wai-te-ata Press.

Sydney J. Shep

Senior Lecturer in Print and Book Culture

The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press

In the new knowledge economy, ‘book’ might be a four-letter

word, but it’s also an endlessly fascinating and seductive

material object to study. Hold a page up to the light and read its

distinctive signature, sniff the edges for the tell-tale aroma of

vinegar, riffle a volume to hear the music of its binding, run your

finger down the spine to expose the fake cords, taste the animal

glue brushed onto the paper. Books provide a fascinating window

onto the transmission of human knowledge and the complex web

of social, cultural, economic and political relationships which

produce, consume and preserve them. Contrary to popular

belief, the book’s longevity is a function of its extraordinary

flexibility as a portable knowledge basket over time and across

space. And, far from being dead, the book is alive and well,

breathing in libraries, in bookshops and on bookshelves, and

informing the technical vocabulary, architectural structures and

metaphors of the electronic environment.

Wai-te-ata Press is a space to explore books and print in all their

myriad forms. As letterpress printer and cultural historian, I relish

the unique opportunity to make books as well as study them. As

an advocate for collaborative, interdisciplinary and research-led

teaching and learning, I want to enthuse and inspire.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 67

Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music

te KōKī, neW Zealand school oF music

Email info@nzsm.ac.nz

Website www.nzsm.ac.nz

Enquiries about Classical Performance, Composition

(Instrumental and Vocal, or Sonic Arts) and the BMus in Music

Studies (including Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Jazz


nZsm KelBurn camPus oFFice

Phone +64-4-463 5369

Enquiries about Jazz and Music Therapy, including enquiries for

Albany and Palmerston North:

nZsm mt cooK oFFice

Phone +64-4-463 4760

68 Victoria University of Wellington

Whether the rich sonorities of Baroque instruments, the

compelling patterns of an improvised jazz riff, the passion and

power of Romantic opera, the evocative imagery of traditional

Māori waiata or the innovative sound world of electronica, music

reaches out and connects us to our past, to other cultures and to

each other. The New Zealand School of Music’s Bachelor of Music

(BMus) programme is comprehensive and inspirational, and will

help you become the musician you want to be.

Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) was formed by

combining the strengths of the music programmes of Massey

University and Victoria University and includes campuses in

Wellington, Palmerston North and Auckland. The specialist

Music programmes (eg. Bachelor of Music) formerly offered by

each university are now jointly awarded as NZSM qualifications.

NZSM staff are professionally active musicians and academics

who bring the benefits of national and international experience

and expertise to their teaching. Artists in Residence include the

New Zealand String Quartet and the Jack C Richards/Creative

New Zealand Composer in Residence. Artist Teachers are drawn

from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand’s

most prominent jazz performers. Composers include

New Zealand’s most respected instrumental and

electroacoustic specialists.

The NZSM in Wellington has Indonesian and Balinese gamelan,

three electroacoustic music studios, well-appointed practice

rooms, a keyboard laboratory, a Sonic Arts laboratory and

student common rooms. The Adam Concert Room seats

200 and the NZSM Concert Hall seats 150. Both venues have

excellent concert pianos and professional recording facilities.

The Adam Concert Room has a two-manual classical organ and

has recently been equipped with a new world-class Steinway

‘D’ Concert Grand piano.

You will be able to take part, either as audience or participants,

in the many performance and academic events hosted annually

by the NZSM both on campus and in public venues such as the

Wellington Town Hall and St Andrews on The Terrace. The NZSM

has a symphony orchestra, three Jazz Big Bands and a host of

smaller chamber groups, jazz combos and a jazz choir. Classical

Voice students produce an opera or opera scenes each year.

There are weekly music forums, composer workshops, Friday

lunchtime concerts and frequent masterclasses presented by

our staff and visiting academics and performers.


At the NZSM you can major in a wide range of disciplines

including: Classical Performance; Jazz; Composition

(Instrumental and Vocal, or Sonic Arts); or the broadly based

Bachelor of Music in Music Studies. That programme includes

streams in Ethomusicology, Musicology and Jazz Studies.

BA in Music

This degree is distinguished from the BMus, in which music is the

main focus of study. In the BA in Music, up to half of your degree

may comprise Music courses, with the other half being made up

of courses in one or more other subjects taught by the Faculty

of Humanities and Social Sciences. You can also take Music as a

double major along with another arts subject.

A core course in both the BMus and BA in Music is MUSC 105

Music Now, a broad-based study of the range of musics that

have flourished across the 20th century and up to the present

in widely divergent traditions.

The following postgraduate qualifications in Music

are offered:

͠ Graduate Diploma in Arts (in Music)

͠ Postgraduate Diploma in Music

͠ Bachelor of Arts with Honours (in Music)*

͠ Bachelor of Music with Honours

͠ Master of Arts (in Musicology)*

͠ Master of Music

͠ Master of Musical Arts

͠ Master of Music Therapy

͠ Doctor of Philosophy

͠ Doctorate of Musical Arts

͠ Artist Diploma

*Not offered in 2013.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 69

Dave Lisik

Lecturer, Jazz Composition

“Balance is always key in jazz education. A modern

jazz musician must be fluent in the language of jazz

as improviser, composer and educator.”

Canadian composer and trumpeter, Dave Lisik, teaches jazz

composition, arranging, theory and pedagogy. His diverse portfolio

includes original compositions for and recordings of jazz and

classical groups of all sizes as well as many electroacoustic

combinations. His Dave Lisik Orchestra featuring Tim Hagans

released a debut CD in 2010 entitled Coming Through Slaughter

and has two new projects underway, Origin of Species and

Metropolis. He recently wrote an album, Walkabout, for Australia’s

premiere jazz orchestra, the Jazzgroove Mothership, and will

record an original album with the New York jazz quintet, Opus Five.

A dedicated educator, Dave previously taught high school

and university music in the US and Canada and is helping

to coordinate several educational events in New Zealand

including the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra, the National Jazz

Workshops and the new NZSM Jazz Festival.

Dave completed his doctorate in classical and jazz composition

at the University of Memphis in 2006.

70 Victoria University of Wellington

Isabella Moore

Current BMus student

“NZSM has amazing tutors and lecturers. The

knowledge they share and the learning environment

are what makes my experience here truly rewarding.”

Isabella is a 21-year-old New Zealand-born soprano of Samoan,

Irish, English and German heritage. She is majoring in Classical

Voice performance under the tutelage of Margaret Medlyn.

Isabella was formerly a member of the NZ Secondary Students

Choir and the NZ Youth Choir. She won the Mari D’Albini

Scholarship for singing in 2010. In 2011 she took part in the NZSM

Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the NZ Aria competition

as one of 10 selected to sing with the APO in the finals. Recently,

Isabella was awarded third place in the Becroft Grand Aria

competition in Auckland and was chosen as one of 12 semifinalists

for the 2012 Lexus Song Quest.

Passionate about singing and committed to developing her

talents and a career as a soprano, Isabella regularly performs;

recent events have included the Rugby World Cup Pasifika

Dinner, the 2011 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards ceremony,

Victoria Graduation ceremonies, Leadership NZ Programme

Launch and the PACIFICA Women’s Council Heritage Dinner.


Education and Psychology

and Early Childhood Studies

The Faculty of Education offers courses in Education, Education

and Psychology and Early Childhood Studies which contribute

to the BA degree administered by the Faculty of Humanities

and Social Sciences.


Education is an academic and professional study, which

focuses upon contemporary issues of direct concern to those

working in a wide range of education services. Education

courses give you the knowledge and skills to understand and

assess education theory, practice and policy issues. Staff

teach courses linked to their own areas of research expertise

in schooling and youth issues, educational psychology and

counselling, education policy and theory, media and technology

issues and young people, evaluation and assessment, early

childhood, Māori and Pacific education and more.

Education and Psychology

This interdisciplinary BA major is offered in conjunction with

the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and is for

students who have an interest in these disciplines, but may

not wish to complete separate majors in both Psychology and

Education. Graduates of this programme will be able to:

͠ use appropriate methods and technologies to study and

analyse research and theory in both the disciplines of

psychology and education

͠ recognise and address the complexities that arise within

society and schools

͠ understand and apply a variety of analytical and statistical


Prospective students should note that this major does not

automatically lead to postgraduate study towards a career as

an educational psychologist, and should seek course advice

from the Faculty of Education if this is what they wish to


Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies is a multidisciplinary field that explores

the theory and practice of early childhood education, including

child development theory and the history of educational

practices. This major is only available to students enrolled in

the conjoint BA/BTeach(ECE).

For further information, visit www.victoria.ac.nz/education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 71

Student Services and

Facilities at Victoria

Your experience in the classrooms of the Faculty of Humanities

and Social Sciences will be both challenging and interesting. To

make the most out of your student experience at Victoria, we

encourage you to get involved both inside and outside of the

classroom. The University offers a range of services to enhance

your learning and enrich your experience at Victoria. There are

also many opportunities to get involved in clubs, leadership

programmes and to contribute as a student representative.

This helps you to build networks with staff and students and to

develop skills for your future.

Please take advantage of Victoria’s services. They are designed

to extend the knowledge and skills acquired through academic

courses and provide support for your learning, health and

well being. From financial advice to academic mentoring and

volunteering opportunities, engaging with the different student

services on campus will be of great benefit during your studies

as well as for your future career.

We encourage you to spend time on campus, in the Student

Union Building, at our marae at Kelburn and Karori, in the

library or at Victoria’s recreation centre. Involve yourself fully as

a member of our university community.

Check out the Services for Students brochure at:


72 Victoria University of Wellington


Victoria has a range of scholarships and awards available to

students including hundreds of scholarships for first-year

undergraduate students.

Victoria Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students

who have their NCEA Level 2 Certificate endorsed with

Excellence, or equivalent (some conditions apply). In 2013 the

majority of these scholarships will be awarded at $5,000. A

small number of applicants will receive $10,000. Applications

close on 1 October.

Victoria Achiever Scholarships are offered to students

who: are of Māori or Pacific descent; have a disability; can

demonstrate financial hardship; or were educated at a

decile 1–3 school. All applicants should have their NCEA

Level 2 Certificate endorsed with Merit, or equivalent. These

scholarships aim to encourage students who may otherwise

be unable to attend Victoria University. They are awarded

competitively after assessment of the merits of each individual

application. In 2013 the majority of these scholarships will be

awarded at $5,000. A small number of applicants will receive

$10,000. Applications close on 1 October.

Applying for scholarships

Eligibility criteria for all scholarships may change, so it is

essential that scholarship details are checked on the website

www.victoria.ac.nz/scholarships prior to application.

Up-to-date information and application forms are available

from the Scholarships Database accessed from the

Scholarships webpage.

Miki Seifert

PhD, Te Kawa a Māui

“To ensure that Māori values, ethics and aspirations

were an integral part of my research, I chose to

conduct my research at Te Kawa a Māui.”

Miki, a recipient of the New Zealand International Doctoral

Research Scholarship, was awarded the 2010 PGSA Research

Excellence Award for Māori Knowledge & Development for her

development of a decolonising methodology that employs

a mix of knowledges and finds that knowledge production

needs to be performative—something must be done—and

transformative—something has to change. Her research drew

upon her 20-odd years of exploring the cultural interface as an

artist-researcher in the US.

With William Franco, she is co-founder and co-artistic

director of With Lime, a Wellington-based international,

interdisciplinary arts company that creates performances,

installations and projections that explore the interface between

cultures and is committed to the vision of the arts as positive

force for personal and societal transformation. Presently,

they are developing The Dragon King’s Daughter, a onewoman

Butoh performance for Miki that utilises her research

methodology and the latest image projection technology.

Libby Johns

MMusTher candidate and Scholarship


“My journey in music has continued to expand my

experience as an individual and in relationships

with friends and the community.”

In 2008 Libby completed a BMus in Jazz Performance as a

saxophonist. It was during these studies at NZSM’s Mt Cook

Campus that she became acquainted with the Music Therapy

Programme, the only tertiary programme in Music Therapy

available in New Zealand.

“I really wanted to make music and to empower others to make

music. Following two years of working and travelling I enrolled in

the Master of Music Therapy in 2011. The papers and programmes

on offer at the NZSM have given me the ability to specialise, whilst

still exposing me to music and people outside of my focus area. I

am now working, as a music therapy student, in a profession which

I am both fascinated by and excited to be a part of.”

Libby is a recipient of the Sir Roy McKenzie Scholarship. She is

currently on a nine-month placement at the Raukatauri Music

Therapy Centre in Auckland where she works as a student music

therapist with children who have diverse needs and abilities.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 73


Employers look for enthusiasm and passion as well as good

grades. They hire graduates who are able to explain why they

chose their particular course of study and why they enjoyed

it. The right attitude to life, study and work is what gives

graduates the competitive edge when applying for jobs.

Humanities and Social Science graduates come to the job market

as flexible, highly literate and well-informed individuals with

excellent communication skills, which are consistently placed by

employers at the top of their selection criteria for new staff.

Throughout your degree you will develop expertise in research

methods, problem-solving, written and spoken communication.

You will learn to use these skills to harness your own creative

and critical thinking to the effective analysis, organisation and

presentation of complex material.

A BA provides a solid foundation by developing an informed

understanding of an increasingly globalised and multicultural

world, both by introducing the cultural and intellectual traditions

that inform contemporary ways of thinking, and by studying

contemporary issues and emerging trends and attitudes.

Humanities and Social Science graduates are able to transfer

the skills they acquire across many sectors. They can become

archivists, diplomats, historians, interpreters, criminologists,

educators, policy analysts, psychologists, publishers, journalists,

media and advertising professionals, curators in art galleries and

museums, resource managers, town planners, writers, producers,

market researchers and public relations advisers.

74 Victoria University of Wellington

Career Development and Employment

The Vic Careers team is available to help you explore

work, study and lifestyle options. The service includes

a comprehensive Careers Resource Library, graduate

destination information, internet access to research career

opportunities, excellent reference books, free handouts,

information on internships, scholarships and summer work,

Victoria CareerHub—our 24/7 web-based job vacancy

service—and graduate recruitment programmes including

employer seminars. Workshops are held throughout the year

on job-searching strategies and making career decisions. On

CareerHub, you can also register for the Victoria Plus Award,

Victoria’s service and leadership award. There is also a Resume

Builder to help you get your CV started and an ePortfolio for

you to record your skills and experiences.

Useful resources

͠ Career View series www.victoria.ac.nz/careers/resources/

career_publications/career_view including recent issues

for Film, Theatre, Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.

͠ What can I do with my degree/subject?


͠ Enrolled students and Victoria graduates can access upto-date

careers information and job vacancies 24/7 by

registering on Victoria CareerHub


career develoPment and emPloyment

14 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5393

Fax 04-463 5252

Email careers-service@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/careers

Te Pūtahi Atawhai

Our team is here to provide support, guidance and advice for

Māori and Pasifika students to succeed in their studies.

We offer an academic mentoring programme for all undergraduate

levels for Victoria Business School and the Faculty of Humanities

and Social Sciences. At 100 level, mentees and mentors are paired

up by courses, and at 200 and 300 levels by subject. Mentors are

second-year, third-year or postgraduate students of any ethnicity

who volunteer to participate. Mentors have already passed the

course with a good grade and have valuable tips and skills to pass

on. They are also trained in peer-assisted teaching and learning

and study skills. Mentoring sessions—either one-on-one or smallgroups—are

held for an hour each week, fortnightly or just before

assignments are due. Mentors can also assist via email.

Advocacy support and advice for all Māori and Pasifika students

from our Pacific Support Coordinator and Kaiakiaki Māori Support

Coordinator is available. Their role is to assist first-year students’

transition into university life, help students cope with academic

studies by disseminating information on services that can help,

create learning action plans to keep on track with assignments,

as well as by making appointments with services on a student’s

behalf and taking students to services for help.

In addition, we also offer: scholarship advice and information;

a postgraduate students’ network for all Māori and Pasifika

students; social networks and links with other Māori and Pacific

groups on campus; a computer suite for Māori and Pasifika

students; and a whānau/aiga atmosphere to study in.

To become part of the whānau/aiga as either a mentor or mentee,

or for any other type of support, please contact our team.

te PŪtahi ataWhai

14 Kelburn Parade back courtyard or Level 2, railway West Wing

Phone 04-463 9962

Email te-putahi-atawhai@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/tpa

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 75

76 Victoria University of Wellington



Two leadership development programmes have been

established for students who are interested in global

leadership or in making a more local contribution.

The Victoria Plus Award is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The award recognises significant extra-curricular contribution

to service and leadership development opportunities and is

highly valued by employers when recruiting graduates. Be

involved in volunteering and student support work and lead

clubs or societies to help your university and local community.

Attend workshops led by highly regarded business executives.

This three-part award programme sits alongside your degree

and helps develop leadership, social responsibility and

employability skills.


The Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP)

is an award-winning, extra-curricular programme that will

interest those wishing to pursue a truly international career.

It is designed to develop your leadership potential, advance

your knowledge and global awareness as well as create

opportunities for international experiences and networks.

Participants will:

͠ gain an awareness of international issues then reflect on

these through a seminar series

͠ attend networking speaker events where distinguished

international speakers inform and inspire

͠ design their own selection of global leadership activities—

study and volunteering abroad, international internships

and professional and personal development opportunities

both in Wellington and overseas.


Victoria Overseas Exchange (Vic OE)

Victoria Overseas Exchange (Vic OE) offers you the opportunity

to broaden your personal, academic and cultural horizons.

Study towards your degree for one or two trimesters on an

exchange overseas and receive a grant of up to $2,000. Both

domestic and international students are eligible for Vic OE

(international students pay Victoria international fees).

Vic OE gives you the chance to complete part of your degree

abroad at one of more than 100 prestigious exchange partners

in over 30 countries worldwide. You can attend an institution

overseas and study for credit towards your degree while

still paying normal Victoria fees. The benefits of having an

international academic experience as part of your studies are

invaluable. It is an opportunity to travel, to learn new languages

and study novel academic disciplines while you encounter

different cultures. Participants in VILP can count an overseas

exchange as a component (see page 76).

As a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences student, you will

have the opportunity to study in over 75 locations throughout

Europe (eg. University of Leeds, Royal Holloway, Copenhagen

University, Tübingen University, Bocconi University and La

Rochelle), Asia (eg. Korea University, Gakushuin University and

National University of Singapore), North America (eg. University

of California, Berkeley, Penn State and Dalhousie), Latin

America (eg. Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Monterrey,

Mexico and EAFIT, Colombia), Australia (eg. The Australian

National University, Macquarie University) and the South

Pacific (eg. University of the South Pacific and Université de la

Polynésie Française). A full list can be found at



In order to be eligible for exchange, you must:

͠ be enrolled as a full-time student at Victoria University (at

the time of application)

͠ have completed a year of full-time study by the time you

leave for your exchange

͠ be an academically-sound student with a B average overall

in your studies at Victoria

͠ meet language requirements (in some non-English taught


͠ be able to demonstrate that you would be a good

ambassador for Victoria.


Students eligible for StudyLink Loans and Allowances can

receive these while on exchange. All accepted students

receive a travel grant of up to $2,000, and a number of other

scholarship opportunities are available for specific destinations

or specific types of students.

There are accommodation subsidies and travel grants offered

at specific locations. Students on VILP can receive extra

funding. See www.victoria.ac.nz/vilp for more information.

Application deadlines

͠ 5 January 2013 (for study in Trimester Two, 2013).

͠ 16 July 2013 (for study in Trimester One, 2014).

͠ University of California applications should be submitted as

early as possible, no later than 25 November and 28 May.


student exchanGe oFFice

Victoria international, Easterfield Building, Level 2, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5667, 04-463 6794

Email vicoe@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/exchange

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 77

78 Victoria University of Wellington


The Online Course Catalogue will have the most up-to-date

course information: www.victoria.ac.nz/coursecatalogue

All of our publications can be downloaded from www.victoria.

ac.nz/publications or requested in hardcopy by contacting

Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation (see back

cover for details).

͠ Introduction to Victoria (February) gives a brief overview to

Victoria’s degrees and student life.

͠ Guide to Undergraduate Study (July) includes all

information students need about first-year courses,

degrees, student life and how to apply.

͠ Guide for Parents (May) answers questions parents have

about sending their children to university.

͠ Accommodation Guide (June) gives information about each

Hall of Residence and how to apply.


There are various ways you can gain admission to Victoria

University of Wellington. You need to understand what

qualifications and results you require for admission and how to

apply to the University. For full details of admission and enrolment

requirements, see www.victoria.ac.nz/home/admisenrol

Applications for limited-entry degrees and courses are due

before 10 December 2012, and open-entry degrees and

courses are due before 10 January 2013. The online enrolment

system will be open from 1 October 2012.

Who to Contact

Faculty Student and Academic Services Office

Visit the office for help with anything from enrolment to

graduation. Get help with choosing your degree, planning

your courses or changing your degree programme. This office

should be your first point of contact for any enquiries you

have about your studies.

See also the information on page 3.

Level 4, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus

Phone 04-463 5745

Fax 04-463 5183

Email fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss

Accommodation Service

Advice on our Halls of Residence, renting and other

accommodation options.


Campus Care

24/7 campus security.

04-463 9999 (if calling from outside University)

8888 (if calling from within University)

Career Development and Employment

Also known as Vic Careers—find out what you need to know to

get a job, what career options are open to you and what your

ideal future might look like.


Career Hub

24/7 access to part-time jobs, graduate jobs, contract work,

tutoring positions, internships, work experience opportunities

and a CV building tool. Use your student computing account

to log in.


Counselling Service

Professional, confidential counselling available at all campuses

for any issue that is impacting on your personal or academic




The University crèches can provide your children with the best

possible education and care while you study.


Disability Services

If you have a temporary or ongoing impairment you can get

planning help, liaison with academic staff , adaptive equipment,

technology and training, sign language interpreting, note-taking

assistance, mobility parking, ergonomic furniture and access to

rest and study rooms.


Enrolment Office

If you are a prospective or a current student, you can get

information, advice and support with enrolment.


Fees and Payments

Get information and advice related to fees, payments, student

levies, scholarships and liaising with StudyLink.


Financial Support and Advice

Get information on money matters. Financial Support and

Advice also manages the Hardship Fund.


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 79

Health Services

Get access to a full range of general practice medical services.


Information Technology Services

Support relating to ITS computers on all campuses, access

to myVictoria (the student portal), standard software such

as Microsoft Office, and other specialised software like SPSS

and Endnote.


Language Learning Centre

Self-study and classroom facilities, resources and people to

help you with language learning.



Information resources and people to support you in your

research and learning; space to think and work.



The marae provides a turangawaewae—a standing place where

Māori custom prevails—for students and staff.


Overseas Exchange (Vic OE)

See page 77.

Physiotherapy Clinic

No referral necessary, you can come straight to the Clinic.


Recreation Services

Get access to recreation, fitness and sports, to stay healthy and

happy during your studies.


80 Victoria University of Wellington

Student Interest and Dispute Advisor

If you need support or guidance on any matter involving

safety, conflict or misconduct, make contact to discuss what

assistance is available to deal with the problem.


Student Learning Support Service

Group and one-to-one academic support—useful at any stage

of your study.


Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation

If you are a prospective or new student, get course advice and

your admission questions answered.


Te Pūtahi Atawhai

See page 75.

vicbooks and Student Notes

Buy your textbooks (new or second hand) and your student



Victoria International

If you are an international student you can get access to support

services, including insurance and student visa renewal, as well as

admission, enrolment and orientation (for new students).


Victoria University of Wellington Students’

Association (VUWSA)

VUWSA is a Victoria student association that provides

advocacy, support and advice for all students.


Key Dates



Liaison Officers begin visiting schools to introduce study at

Victoria University


Accommodation Guide available

14 June—Year 12 day on campus


Guide to Undergraduate Study first-year prospectus available


Liaison Officers visit schools for course planning (through to


1 August—Halls of Residence applications open for 2013

31 August—Study at Vic Open Day


1 October—Online enrolment opens

1 October—Halls of Residence applications due

1 October—Victoria Excellence and Achiever Scholarship

applications due

30 October—Application deadline for courses in 2012/13

Trimester Three


19 November—Course Planning Weeks for first-year students,

Kelburn Campus and Auckland (through to 7 December)


1 December—International students’ first-year applications

due for February 2013 intake

10 December—Application due date for limited-entry

programmes and courses starting in 2013



10 January—Application due date for all other programmes

10 January—Application due date for Discretionary Entrance


25 February—New Students’ Orientation Week begins

(through to 1 March 2013)


4 March—First trimester begins


15 July—Second trimester begins


18 November—Summer trimester begins

Faculty oF humanities and social sciences

Student and Academic Services office

Phone 04-463 5745

Fax 04-463 5183

Email fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/fhss

Level 4, Murphy Building

Wellington 6012

New Zealand

Victoria university of Wellington

Po Box 600

Wellington 6140

New Zealand

student recruitment, admission and


Phone 0800 ViCToriA (842 867)

04-463 5374

Fax 04-463 5193

Email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria.ac.nz/futurestudents

Level 1, Hunter Building

Gate 2, Kelburn Parade

Po Box 600

Wellington 6140

New Zealand

victoria international

Phone +64-4-463 5350

Fax +64-4-463 5056

Email victoria-international@vuw.ac.nz

Website www.victoria-international.ac.nz

Level 2, Easterfield Building

Kelburn Parade

Po Box 600

Wellington 6140

New Zealand


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