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Graduate Certificate (GradCert) in Pacific and Indigenous Studies

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

0.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Hamilton Campus

Summary

If you are looking to quickly acquire skills for a new career, a graduate certificate is a great option for you.

Why study a GradCert?

Graduate certificates are intended to develop your knowledge and skills in a subject area that is different to your first degree's major. You may be eligible if you haven't studied for a degree before if you can demonstrate an interest in the subject area and a satisfactory academic ability. By choosing to study a graduate certificate you can quickly develop career competency in a single subject area.

A graduate certificate is a shorter version of a graduate diploma, is studied at undergraduate level, and can be completed in the equivalent of one trimester of full-time study.

The Graduate Certificate comprises a minimum of 60 points at 100 level or above, including 45 points at 300 level or above in the Graduate Certificate subjects listed below, and including at least 45 points from one of the subjects listed in Schedule A. Normally it involves one trimester of full-time study (or more extended part-time study).

Why study Pacific and Indigenous Studies?

Pacific and Indigenous Studies focuses on the diverse Pacific region – which covers a third of the earth’s surface and is home to over 1200 languages – as well as on the histories, experiences and perspectives of Pacific people in New Zealand. Students of Pacific and Indigenous Studies bring a wide range of background knowledge to their studies: from Pacific students who will find their own perspectives are valued and expanded through academic study in this area, all the way through to students who might have little knowledge about the region but bring a desire to learn about where we are. All students of Pacific and Indigenous Studies learn a lot about the region and where we are, and also practice and develop skills of critical thinking, communication, and analysis of diverse perspectives. This learning of specific content and skills is underpinned by questions which relate to the people of the Pacific region and the big questions of the 21st century: what does it mean to be human? What is the relationship between knowledge and power? What are the real costs and opportunities related to development, cultural change, and migration? What is the difference between equality and sameness? How do we learn from histories (of greatness and of genocide) in order to shape a better future? What legacy do we want to leave for the 22nd century? Unlike other New Zealand or regional universities, Pacific Studies at Waikato is paired with Indigenous Studies – because this reflects our approach to the study of the region: Pacific-centred; and guided by the ideas about culture, politics, history, arts, migration and sustainability that underpin Pacific Studies and Indigenous Studies. Students who major in Pacific and Indigenous Studies at Waikato explore key regional and local issues related to the Pacific through a series of core papers, and also have a chance to focus on areas of their own interest through papers offered by academics working in a wide range of disciplines. Ever wondered why the 21st century has been described as ‘the Pacific century’?

Career Opportunities

Broadcasting and Journalism

Educationalist

Government Policy Analyst

International Development Practitioner

Research Consultant

Entry criteria

A recognised bachelors degree.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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