Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Pacific Islands Studies Program By University of Otago | Top Universities

University of Otago

Dunedin Campus, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • QS World University Rankings
  • QS Stars
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Subject Archaeology
  • Duration 36 months
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Mar
Pacific Islands Studies is a unique programme with a multi-disciplinary orientation that examines contemporary issues of importance to Pacific peoples, including New Zealanders, within their broad cultural context. The course covers the geographical area contained within the Polynesian Triangle defined by Hawai’i, Rapa Nui, and Aotearoa as well as the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. The focus of the programme affirms New Zealand’s location within the Pacific and its acknowledged political, intellectual and diplomatic links in the area. Pacific Islands Studies combines well with other papers from a wide range of subjects, including Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Indigenous Development, Geography, Planning, Management and History. We help you to interpret these different disciplines from a Pacific Islands point of view. The major comprises 9 papers from within Pacific Islands Studies, plus an additional 11 papers either from within Pacific Islands Studies and/or from other subjects. You can choose from a broad range of papers on Māori, Pacific and other Indigenous societies, and from a range of departments to suit your areas of interest. Pacific Islands Studies can be studied as a major or a minor subject within the 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree. Further study in this area is available at a postgraduate level (masters, PhD). There is also an option to undertake a jointly supervised postgraduate degree with other departments in the University. Throughout your degree you will be challenged to analyse and critique the world in which we live and to design and conduct research that will encourage open-minded solutions.

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COVID-19 Information: The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and we recommend that all students considering Otago visit the dedicated website for the latest information If you have any questions that are not answered on our COVID-19 page, or questions about your individual circumstances, please contact AskOtago. Founded in 1869, Otago is New Zealand’s first University.In the 150 years since, Otago has prided itself on being a research-led University with an international reputation for excellence. It is ranked 184 in the 2020/21 QS World University Rankings and in the top 100 in 15 subject areas.It first received a Five Stars Plus QS Stars University rating in 2016.Most undergraduate and postgraduate study takes place on the Dunedin campus, but the University also has Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences in Wellington and Christchurch, which are home to many leading medical researchers.Otago offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across four divisions:Health SciencesSciencesHumanitiesOtago School of BusinessIt also offers a Summer School, Study Abroad and Distance Learning programmes.

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