If you’re interested in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, then this specialisation is for you. You’ll explore culture through objects, ranging from contemporary art to archaeological remains to the built environment.
You’ll be able to look critically at our cultural heritage in Aotearoa, and apply these skills to international contexts.
- Study a range of cultures across the globe through different time periods.
- Courses can include areas such as history, art, warfare, language, religion, and more.
- Benefit from connections with local museums, art galleries, heritage archives, and libraries around Ōtautahi Christchurch, including internships.
- Practical experience with artefacts dated from 2,000 BCE with the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, located at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre.
Cultural Heritage specialisation
UC offers a specialisation in Cultural Heritage within the Bachelor of Arts. Specialisations group courses from different subjects into a central theme.
Each year, you will be able to choose courses that suit your interests in a particular culture, historical period, and society. In the final year, you will choose between practical heritage courses and an internship focused on your chosen areas.
The following courses are required throughout your degree:
- MAOR107 Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Māori Society
- One course from the introductory course list
- One course from the cultural history course list
- MAOR219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi OR MAOR285 Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu
- Five courses chosen from these options, with no more than two courses in the same subject
A degree examining cultural heritage teaches you how history and culture has shaped everything we create. It prepares you for working with a variety of cultures, educational institutions, heritage conservation, or any sector which requires a high degree of multicultural competency.
Some career pathways could include:
- Iwi engagement and development
- Art history.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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