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, classics, indigenous film, oral traditions, books, photographs, material culture, archaeological remains, and the built environment.
You'll be able to critically look at our cultural heritage in Aotearoa, including the impact of colonisation and power structures across our history, and apply these skills to international contexts.
- UC offers the only opportunity in Aotearoa to study a specialisation in Cultural Heritage on an undergraduate level.
- Benefit from the local resources of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Canterbury Museum, Tūranga, Pouhere Taonga | Heritage New Zealand, Te Puna o Waiwhetū | Christchurch Art Gallery, the Macmillan Brown Library, as well as many smaller institutions around the city and province.
- UC hosts the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities located in the Arts Centre. The collection spans more than 2,500 years of Greek and Roman artefacts from about 2,000 BCE.
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:
- MAOR 107 Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Māori Society
- At least one course from the introductory course list
- At least one course from the cultural history course list
- MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi OR MAOR 285 Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu
- At least five courses chosen from the optional course list, with no more than two courses in the same subject
Choose one of the following:
- ANTH 388/SOCI 388/HIST 372 Contested Heritage: Politics, Power and Practice
- MAOR 317 Takahi: Colonisation
- SOCI 355 Sociology of the City
Plus at least two courses from the optional course list, with no more than one course in the same subject.
This specialisation prepares you for a career in the galleries, libraries, and museums sector (GLAM).
It also prepares you for policy making, working with iwi, and for work in educational institutions, heritage conservation, or any sector which requires a high degree of bicultural competency.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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