Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Schools and Associated Units

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School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Art History, Classics, Religious Studies and Museum and Heritage Studies (SACR) are disciplines that explore the great cultural, artistic, intellectual and religious traditions that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. They enable us to better understand the realities that give depth and meaning to human existence.

Head of School: Professor Arthur Pomeroy

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School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

The School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies (SEFTMS) is made up of four separate Programmes, but there are close links between them. The four disciplines share a common focus on the creation and interpretation of texts, whether written, spoken, theatrical, cinematic, televised, or electronic.

SEFTMS has scholars with international reputations teaching in all programmes and a sizeable body of postgraduate students at Honours, Master's and PhD levels. There is a long tradition of its best students securing research scholarships overseas as well as at Victoria.

Within its four majors, SEFTMS offers a fascinating range of courses, all of which help you to understand and appreciate some of the most important and enjoyable parts of our contemporary culture and its heritage. At the same time they develop skills of critical thinking and writing that make graduates in these subjects highly valued by a wide range of employers looking for well-educated, thoughtful and creative employees.

Head of School: Dr Thierry Jutel

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Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

The courses are founded on a philosophy of nursing, midwifery, and health education and research that is consistent with an ethic of care incorporating the preservation of human dignity and enhancement of human capacity.

The School (GSNMH) is well resourced, and collaborates with other academic institutions and health agencies nationally and internationally. The staff offer wide-ranging expertise, and conduct research in three broad areas: clinical practice and health issues; research training and aspects of education; and Health policy.

Head of School: Dr Kay de Vries

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School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

The disciplines within the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (HPPI) represent important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts and perspectives. Many students take courses in each of them. Graduates develop skills in critical and creative thinking, leadership, communication and research. The University's Wellington location is particularly advantageous for study, being the political and cultural centre of New Zealand.

The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre is affiliated with the School. In 2011 the Centre for Strategic Studies also became part of the School. In 2012 the New Zealand India Research Institute was set up as a part of the School.

Head of School: Dr Ken Perszyk

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School of Languages and Cultures

The School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) offers undergraduate, honours and postgraduate studies in a range of Asian and European languages, literatures and cultures. The subjects taught in the School include Asian Studies, Chinese, European Studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Language Studies and Spanish.

The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation is also affiliated with the School.

Head of School: Dr Claudia Bernardi

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School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Victoria's School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) teaches undergraduate courses in Deaf Studies, Writing (Academic and Professional), Linguistics and Second Language Education and offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. The School's highly qualified staff have had professional experience in many parts of the world - Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America, and are actively engaged in research in a range of areas involving language structure and use.

The School incorporates the English Language Institute (ELI), the Deaf Studies Research Unit (DSRU), and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre (NZDC).

The School administers the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in Wellington.

Head of School: Dr John Macalister

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School of Social and Cultural Studies

The School of Social and Cultural Studies (SACS) offers an integrated perspective on a wide range of social issues, problems and the various solutions and theories we use to understand these concerns. It brings together the respective teaching, research and scholarship strengths of Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, Social Policy and Sociology. We are interested in critical social theory and what you can expect to learn from us are current analyses of how societies and cultures are formed, how they are governed, how they break down and how we might envisage new and viable future social and cultural systems.

Head of School: Dr Allison Kirkman

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Te Kawa a Māui

Te Kawa a Māui (TKAM) specialises in Māori Studies.

Nau mai. Haere mai ki te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Māui. An active Māori community centred around Te Herenga Waka Marae and Te Kawa a Māui makes up around eight percent of the University's student population. Te Herenga Waka Marae is a teaching facility and community based marae.

Head of SchoolProfessor Rawinia Higgins

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Va'aomanū Pasifika

Va'aomanū Pasifika is Victoria's Pacific unit. Va'aomanū Pasifika has two programmes of study – Samoan Studies (introduced 1989) and Pacific Studies (2000). Samoan Studies offers a BA Major in Samoan – the only New Zealand University to do so – and a Graduate Diploma in Arts.  The Pacific Studies Programme comprises BA, Graduate Diploma of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, BA(Hons), a Master's by thesis and PhD.

Acting Director: Dr Allison Kirkman

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Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music

The New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) offers the BMus which is a three-year specialist degree for those wishing to pursue a career as a performer, composer, sonic artist, musicologist or other related careers in the arts and music industries. While there is some opportunity to include other subjects in a BMus, if you prefer more broadly based study, then consider a BA in Music (taught by the NZSM and administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), or a BMus/BA double degree with the BA in another subject.

Interim Director: Professor Emeritus Barrie Macdonald

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