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This course provides students with the knowledge and critical skills in order to apply their studies to professional, workplace, and community contexts, locally and internationally. The course enables students to connect their subject disciplines with ‘real world’ relevance, and provides a solid basis for more advanced studies.
Why do we work? What is work? What place should work occupy in our lives? This course explores the relationship between work and society in twenty-first century Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider the world. PACE195 is divided into three components taught in a mix of lectures and workshops. The first explores the history and philosophy of the concept of work in western society. Our discussion will range from the ancient world to modern times, exploring the way in which thinkers from Plato to Marx understood the place of work in our lives. It will also provide an introduction to twenty-first century discussions on the future of work and the impact of AI. The second component considers the place work occupies in contemporary New Zealand society and reflects, in particular, on Christchurch as an evolving working environment. Finally, the course provides students with valuable practical tools to prepare them for the world of work. These include CV and application writing techniques as well as interview skills. The course is intended as a stand-alone opportunity to explore and reflect on the concept of ‘work’ and its place in our lives. It also offers a foundation for the PACE internship programme at 200- and 300-level and will enable students enrolling for an internship to get the best experience from those programmes.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department
• 2 x essays [1200 words; 20% each]• Reflective Journal [compiled weekly; 10%] • 2 x Workshop Projects + Personal Research Journal [Project 1 20%; Project 2 30%]This course has no final examination or test
There is no set text for this course; students will be provided with course readings via LEARN.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.