Māori and Indigenous Studies
Tā te Ao Taketake
Māori and Indigenous Studies is a broad subject that explores the culture, knowledge, and philosophies of Māori and Indigenous peoples, and their economic, political, and social experiences.
These studies are increasingly seen as central to biculturalism in Aotearoa as well as in our global multicultural society.
- Study a range of historical and contemporary issues that Indigenous people face, such as their relationship to science and politics, public services, and material culture.
- Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies operates as a whānau to help you explore the heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Take this subject as a minor in a wide range of bachelor’s degrees so you can combine your skills and knowledge from other subjects with mātauranga Māori.
Māori and Indigenous Studies major
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- Two courses chosen from these options
- Three 200-level MAOR courses
You are also encouraged to take courses in Te Reo Māori. Up to 45 points can be included in the major.
Those completing a double major in Te Reo Māori and Māori and Indigenous Studies in the Bachelor of Arts must complete a total of 270 unique points in the two course areas.
Māori and Indigenous Studies minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level MAOR courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
Learning perspectives and history from Indigenous peoples is considered an important and rewarding skill to have, and is often looked for in employees, particularly in countries like Aotearoa and USA, as they have a strong Indigenous presence.
Careers are opening in iwi and other Māori organisations, public health, research, teaching, government organisations, and the wider community.
Some career pathways could include:
- Policy analysis and advisory
- Community development
- Curator and collection management
- Training and professional development.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Māori and Indigenous Studies.
Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies
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