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Welcome – Vice-Chancellor                                   1          Health Sciences                                  34
Welcome – Director, Distance Learning                       1          Addiction and Co-existing Disorders              34
Distance Education                                          2          Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport              35
Enrolment and Fees                                          4          Aviation Medicine                                35
                                                                       Bioethics                                        37
Higher Education                                            5
                                                                       Child Health                                     38
English Language Programmes                                 6          Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy                      39
                                                                       Continence Management                            39
Humanities                                                  7
                                                                       Dentistry                                        39
Anthropology                                                7
                                                                       Family and Systems Therapies                     40
Archaeology                                                 7
                                                                       Forensic Psychiatry                              40
Education                                                   8
                                                                       General Practice                                 41
English and Linguistics                                    11
                                                                       Hazard Assessment and Management                 43
Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies                      11
                                                                       Health Management                                44
Media, Film and Communication                              12
                                                                       Human Nutrition                                  45
Politics                                                   12
                                                                       Human Sexuality and Health                       46
Religious Studies                                          12
                                                                       Interpersonal Psychotherapy                      46
Social Work                                                15
                                                                       Medical Technology                               47
Spanish                                                    19
                                                                       Mental Health                                    48
Theology                                                   19
                                                                       Musculoskeletal Medicine                         48
Sciences                                                   25          Musculoskeletal Management                       49
Aquaculture and Fisheries                                  25          Nursing                                          50
Bioengineering                                             25          Obesity Prevention and Management                53
Chemistry                                                  25          Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology               53
Introductory Chemistry                                     26          Occupational Health and Safety                   54
Chemical Hazards                                           26          Occupational Medicine                            55
Computer Science                                           26          Ophthalmology                                    55
Materials Science and Technology                           26          Oral Health                                      56
Physical Education, Sport and                                          Pain and Pain Management                         56
    Exercise Sciences                                      27          Perinatal Mental Health                          57
Science Communication                                      27          Periodontology                                   58
Surveying                                                  28          Pharmacy                                         58
                                                                       Physiotherapy                                    59
Commerce                                                   29
                                                                       Primary Health Care                              60
Business Administration                                    29
                                                                       Public Health                                    61
Digital Health                                             32
                                                                       Rehabilitation                                   62
Entrepreneurship                                           32
                                                                       Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice           63
Information Science                                        33
                                                                       Sport and Exercise Medicine                      65
Management                                                 33
                                                                       Suicidology and Suicide Prevention               66
Tourism                                                    33
                                                                       Surgical Anatomy                                 67
                                                                       Travel Medicine                                  67
                                                                       Ultrasound (For General Medical Practitioners)   68

                                                                       Summer School                                    69

                                                                       Qualifications                                   71

Most papers in this prospectus require access to both a computer and the internet.
Papers marked with this icon [left] can be studied by students residing overseas
AND have no requirement to attend any course component in New Zealand.

While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the information contained in this prospectus is
correct at the time of publishing, matters covered by this publication are subject to change. The University
reserves the right to introduce such changes (including addition, withdrawal, or restructuring of papers and
programmes) as it may judge to be necessary or desirable. The introduction of some papers and programmes
in 2021 is subject to final academic and resource approval. The detailed regulations of the University
concerning programme requirements and other matters are published in the University of Otago Calendar.
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai

Welcome to the University of Otago                                  Welcome to Otago’s
Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s
oldest university with an international reputation for excellence
                                                                    Distance Learning Programme
in teaching and research. We also have a long tradition of          The University of Otago has over 150 qualifications (including
distance learning in fields where the University has specialist     endorsements) available for you to study by distance. With our
knowledge and expertise. From the very beginning, Otago             emphasis on providing distance programmes in areas where
professors worked hard to make our world class education            we have specialist knowledge and expertise, it isn’t surprising
available to all. In the 1880s, James Gow Black, the foundation     to find that a majority of programmes focus on aspects of
professor of Chemistry, would regularly tour the goldfields of      the Health Sciences. However, we also have a number of
Central Otago to teach and give scientific demonstrations in        programmes in Commerce, Sciences and the Humanities fields,
those distant communities.                                          in areas of particular expertise such as Business Administration,
                                                                    Entrepreneurship, Science Communication, Māori, Pacific
Fast forward to the 21st century, and the University now teaches    and Indigenous Studies, Religious Studies, Social Work and
a large number of courses by distance in the Humanities,            Theology.
Sciences, Commerce and Health Sciences. Our courses are
comprehensive, known for their rigour and relevance to the          Our distance papers are taught by people who are wonderfully
modern world. They are also highly accessible: the latest           knowledgeable about, and interested in, the subjects they teach.
technologies support students’ learning.                            Not surprisingly, given Otago’s research strength, they are also
                                                                    excellent and highly committed researchers. Another strength
All students who are enrolled at Otago, whether at any of the       is the support that comes from the administrative staff who
University’s regional hubs or through distance courses, can         underpin the workings of each paper. These people are pivotal
expect access to up-to-the minute knowledge, guided by world-       in ensuring that the papers run smoothly.
renowned experts using sophisticated learning technologies.
Otago graduates are in high demand, both within New                 It’s not all about us though! Many of you will be studying
Zealand and internationally.                                        because you want to update your professional knowledge or
                                                                    advance your career. Others will be studying out of interest or
As an international university grounded in the South Island         to satisfy a sense of curiosity about a particular topic.
community, Otago welcomes enrolments from throughout the
Australasian and Pacific regions and extends this welcome to        Whatever your motivation, our aim is to provide you with a
those from all parts of the world. I warmly invite you to join      great Otago learning experience and to help you to attain the
our University by enrolling in one of our distance learning         goals that you have set for yourself in your course of study.
programmes.                                                         Best wishes for your study this year.
Nau mai, haere mai.

PROFESSOR HARLENE HAYNE                                             DR SARAH STEIN
ONZM, PhD, HonDSc, FRSNZ                                            Director, Distance Learning
Distance Education
Mātauranga mai tawhiti
For more than 30 years, the University of Otago has been offering distance learning programmes that enable you to update your
qualifications wherever you live. Distance study connects you with the best minds without leaving your home or workplace. While the
University’s outstanding reputation for excellence in research attracts a diverse range of learners, a large number of distance students
are involved in postgraduate study, working to advance their careers or keep abreast of the latest developments in their field.

Unique programme                                 Getting started                                   Connection with other people who share
                                                                                                   your enthusiasm for the subject you’re
Distance study at the University of Otago        Choosing the right paper to study is sometimes    studying enlivens your self-directed study
is focused on those areas in which the           difficult. This Prospectus describes the          and links you to a broader community of
University has specific expertise. While         papers available. You will find out information   enquiry. You’ll be creating a learning space
you will see many Health Sciences papers,        about who to contact for advice about your        for yourself wherever you might be:
you will also see many papers from across        academic programme, and you will also read
the other Divisions, all reflective of Otago’s   about the way in which your paper or course       • talking with your lecturers and other
reputation for excellence in a variety           may be organised. We strongly recommend             students in real time to get immediate
of fields. The full range of papers and          that you consult a course adviser before            feedback on ideas
programmes draws on established strengths        selecting your papers. With the right advice,     • discussing ideas online, over time,
in responding to identified needs within the     you can enrol with confidence.                      allowing you to consider evolving
widespread communities we serve.                                                                     perspectives in a time-flexible manner
                                                                                                   • studying independently, accessing
                                                                                                     digital and hard copy resources
Flexible and personal                            Learning with Otago                                 designed to help focus your study
Students value distance education for the                                                          • engaging independently with lecturers
                                                 Once you’re enrolled, you’ll have access to
flexibility it offers. Most learning occurs                                                          as they present core teaching material
                                                 course materials and resources, and to a
in your space, in your time. The emphasis                                                            for your course of study.
                                                 range of ways of communicating with your
of the way we teach is on understanding          lecturers and interacting with your fellow        Your study may involve some or all of the
you as a learner and supporting your             students. In effect, you’ll be able to create a   following:
engagement within the course.                    learning space for yourself.                      Going online
                                                 The Distance Learning Office collates             The opportunity to access course materials
Lifelong learning                                the Information and Support Booklet, which        and library resources online and to interact
                                                 contains useful information about the             with lecturers and fellow students via the
Learning never stops! The University’s           services the University provides for you          internet will considerably enhance your
excellence in research signals its               while you study. It also gives advice about       study. Most courses require access to both
commitment to understanding more about           how you can make your study an enjoyable          the internet and email.
the world around us. In the same way, the        and successful experience.
distance education programme provides                                                              Web-conference sessions
opportunities for students to continue           Course material
                                                                                                   Web-conference teaching promotes and
learning, to build on current qualifications     You’ll receive information about how              strongly emphasises participatory study.
and to stay up-to-date in their own areas        the course will be run, along with details        Sessions are a combination of lecture and
of expertise.                                    of study modules and assessments and              tutorial but will, more than likely, look very
                                                 required readings. In most papers, course         different to the face-to-face experiences of
                                                 material is accessed online.                      these that you may have had in the past.
Professional or personal interest                                                                  Whatever form they take, they can easily
                                                 Interaction with others
University of Otago distance students are                                                          involve a range of experts from throughout
                                                 Distance learning provides you with               New Zealand or other parts of the world.
a diverse group. Many are professionals
                                                 considerable control over the time you
who are studying to enhance their
                                                 spend studying.                                   Residential schools/workshops
qualifications. For them, the interplay of
work and study forms an important part           At Otago we also recognise that learning          Some programmes require you to attend
of enriching their understanding of what         on your own all the time isn’t always the         residential schools on campus in New
they are learning. Others are studying           best way to develop your understanding            Zealand, although not necessarily for
for personal interest, drawing on the rich,      of the topics you’re studying. Interactions       all papers. These schools vary in length
research-informed teaching expertise that        with your lecturers and your fellow students      from a day to a week and may be held
Otago staff bring to their interactions with     give opportunities for you to broaden             in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin,
students. For both groups, Otago study           your perspectives and develop critical,           Wellington, or at various other locations
means excellence.                                analytical, and problem-solving skills.           throughout New Zealand.

Papers that do not require attendance at                                Email       ask.library@otago.ac.nz
any course component in New Zealand                                     Tel         0800 347 826 (0800 DISTANT) within
are indicated with a globe icon in this                                             New Zealand
prospectus.                                                             Tel         64 3 479 8940

                                                                        Disability Information and Support
Supporting learners                                                     Disability Information and Support
                                                                        provides learning support, advice,
The University supports distance students                               advocacy and information to students
in many ways.                                                           with disabilities, impairments, medical
                                                                        conditions or injuries.
Study support
There is a wealth of information for                                    The support provided is varied and may
students available on the University’s                                  include access to specialised equipment,
distance learning website, including                                    quiet study rooms, note-taking, subject
tips for successful study; managing                                     tutoring, reformatting of course materials,
university communications; accessing                                    and alternative test and examination
online resources; and web links for help                                arrangements. Student Advisers are
with assignments such as finding and                                    available to discuss each student’s
referencing information; academic writing;                              requirements and work collaboratively to
changing your course; and examinations.                                 put together a support plan.
otago.ac.nz/distance                                                    Tel         0800 80 80 98 (New Zealand only)
                                                                                    or 64 3 479 8235
University of Otago Library                                             Email       disabilities@otago.ac.nz
The University of Otago has a world-                                    Fax         64 3 479 5873
class library to support staff and                                      Web         otago.ac.nz/disabilities
students engaged in teaching, learning
and research. Library resources are
                                                                        Teaching and counselling support
increasingly available online as e-journals                             As a distance student, you are encouraged
and e-books and these are particularly                                  to keep in regular contact with the staff
useful for distance students.                                           responsible for providing your course.
The library website has subject guides that                             Coursebooks and the Distance Learning
are a valuable resource when starting out                               Information and Support Booklet provide names
or returning to study. Each guide contains                              and addresses of staff to contact should
recommended databases and other library                                 you have concerns about any aspect of your
tools to support your study, as well as the                             study.
contact details for the librarian who can
offer specialist help in your area.
otago.ac.nz/library                                                     Distance Learning Office
The library has been supporting distance                                Tel         64 3 479 4138
students for as long as the University has                              Email       distance.learning@otago.ac.nz
been offering distance courses. They
understand the challenges that go with
studying off campus and have developed
a guide to library services for distance
students, which is available at:
On the guide you can find information
about how to request books using Library
Search | Ketu, to be sent to your home
address (a free service within New
Zealand), and have scans of articles and
book chapters emailed to you.

Please note the availability of some papers may have changed since this Prospectus was printed. For up-to-date information, contact the department concerned or check otago.ac.nz/courses   3
Enrolment and fees
Te whakaurunga me te utu
Enrolment                                       A student who has previously been                The due date for the submission of your
                                                admitted to another New Zealand                  application depends on the type of
As a first step, if you are intending to take   university can normally transfer their           programme you are applying for. For
any distance learning papers, you are           method of admission from that university         applicable dates, see:
encouraged to contact the department            to the University of Otago.                      otago.ac.nz/important-dates
or departments concerned to check your
eligibility to take your planned course.        A university entrance qualification is           If you are currently enrolled at Otago, and
                                                essential for admission to the University.       wishing to continue in the same programme,
Every distance learning student must            However, most programmes have higher
complete enrolment for study online for                                                          you do not need to submit a new application,
                                                requirements, and not all students with          but you will need to complete course
every year in which papers are being taken.     a university entrance qualification will
This is in addition to any correspondence                                                        enrolment. For applicable dates, see:
                                                necessarily be admitted.
with teaching departments. We have                                                               otago.ac.nz/news/events/keydates
developed a helpful step-by-step guide          Students applying for admission to the
                                                University must also be competent in the         Course enrolment must be completed by
about the enrolment process for distance                                                         all students via eVision and consists of the
learning students:                              use and understanding of written and
                                                spoken English and may be required to            following steps:
otago090601                                     provide evidence of proficiency in English       • annual details
                                                as part of the application process.              • paper selection
To enrol at the University of Otago you must
hold a University Entrance qualification        All students are classified as either domestic   • course approval
and be admitted to a programme of study.        or international students. Domestic              • course enrolment declaration.
Enrolment in some papers may be subject to      students are those who are New Zealand
                                                citizens (including citizens of the Cook         Payment of fees must be arranged by:
additional approval.
                                                Islands, Tokelau and Niue), permanent            • 15 January (for Summer School papers),
                                                residents of New Zealand or Australia who          or
University Entrance                             are resident and studying in New Zealand,        • 10 February (for courses beginning in
                                                or Australian citizens resident and studying       semester 1), or
Every student must be aged 16 or over by        in New Zealand. All other students are
the first day of formal classes in his or her   international students.                          • 10 July (for courses beginning in
course and:                                                                                        semester 2).
                                                International students (including New
• have obtained a university entrance           Zealand permanent residents studying             Fee invoices will be available via your
  qualification from the New Zealand            outside New Zealand and Australian               eVision portal once you have completed the
  school system (via NCEA Level 3, or an        citizens and permanent residents studying        enrolment process:
  earlier New Zealand qualification), or        outside New Zealand) will normally be            otago.ac.nz/evision
• be granted admission ad eundem                charged international fees.                      Penalty fees will be imposed where full
  statum (i.e., “at an equivalent level”) at                                                     payment is not received by the due date on
  entrance level (normally on the basis                                                          your tuition fee invoice.
  of overseas school qualifications) or on      The enrolment process
  the basis of tertiary-level passes (for
                                                For information on the enrolment process
  students with university-level passes,
                                                at Otago see:                                    Further information
  but not a completed degree, from an
  overseas institution or from a non-           otago.ac.nz/enrolment                            Tel   0800 80 80 98 within New Zealand
  university institution in New Zealand),       Or consult the Guide to Enrolment, which is            1800 468 246 from Australia
  or at graduate level (for students who        available in hardcopy or online:                       64 3 479 7000 from outside
  have completed a degree (or equivalent                                                               New Zealand
  qualification) at an overseas institution                                                      Email university@otago.ac.nz
  or at a non-university tertiary institution   You can apply online at the University’s         Web   ask.otago.ac.nz
  in New Zealand), or                           website:
• be granted discretionary entrance (for        otago.ac.nz
  domestic students under 20 years of age       Applications should be submitted by the
  applying on the basis of NCEA Level 2         due dates. Later applications may be
  results or equivalent), or                    accepted, but you may be liable for an
• be granted special admission (for             additional fee.
  domestic students aged 20 years or
  over, who do not otherwise qualify for

Higher Education
Mātauranga takiura
The University of Otago’s Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) offers three distance programmes designed for academics in
higher education as well as health professionals in clinical teaching roles who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of
teaching, learning and academic practice.

Qualifications and programmes of study                                                                          Suitable for graduates who are currently teaching tertiary students
                                                                                                                in universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions.
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHighE)
Explore the theory and practice of tertiary teaching and                                                        Restriction: HEDX 502, EDUC 505
learning. Participants inquire into an area of their own practice.                                              Limited to: PGCertHighE, PGDipHighE, MHEd
A 60-point course consisting of HEDU 501 and HEDU 502,
                                                                                                                HEDU 503 Research Methods in Higher Education
which may be completed in one year of part-time study.
                                                                                                                30 points (semester 1)
Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDipHighE)                                                           An introduction to qualitative and mixed methods approaches to
Normally building on the Postgraduate Certificate, participants                                                 conducting research in Higher Education. Participants explore
gain an understanding of practitioner research by undertaking                                                   methodological issues and plan a research project that is the focus
research in an area of their own practice. The process of research                                              of HEDU 510 or HEDU 590. All students are required to have
is supported by a comprehensive research methods programme,                                                     access to the Internet.
and the final assessment is through a dissertation. A 120-point                                                 Prerequisite: EDUC 505 or HEDU 502 or HEDX 502
course consisting of HEDU 501, HEDU 502, HEDU 503 and                                                           Restriction: EDUC 506, HEDX 503
HEDU 510.                                                                                                       Limited to: PGDipHighE, MHEd
Master of Higher Education (MHEd)                                                                               HEDU 504 Academic Leadership in Higher Education
Offers knowledge and experience in the theories and practices that                                              30 points (semester 2)
underpin curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment and leadership                                              A critical examination of academic leadership using
within higher education. Students will also have the opportunity                                                contemporary leadership theories. Understanding how academic
to explore the role of various forms of educational technology                                                  leadership is situated in a contemporary higher education sector.
and analytics in supporting learning, teaching and research. The
programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand and enables a                                                 Limited to: MHEd
deeper commitment to, and professional recognition for, teaching                                                Note: All students are required to have access to the Internet.
at a tertiary level. A 180-point course consisting of HEDU 501,
                                                                                                                HEDU 510 Special Topic
HEDU 502, HEDU 503, HEDU 504 and HEDU 590 which may                                                             30 points (semester 2)
be completed in two years of part-time study.                                                                   Educational research of a topic that is situated within the context
Note: The Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma may be                                              of teaching and learning in higher education. All students are
endorsed in Clinical Education and the Master of Higher Education may be                                        required to have access to the Internet.
endorsed in Educational Technolog y.
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: HEDU 503 or HEDX 503
                                                                                                                Restriction: HEDX 510
Papers available in 2021                                                                                        Limited to: PGDipHighE
HEDU 501 Critical Reflection on Higher Education                                                                Note: Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department
30 points (full year)                                                                                           of the Higher Education Development Centre.
A critical examination of personal theories of tertiary teaching
within a comparative framework of contemporary literature                                                       HEDU 590 Research Project
and practice. As one of the principal modes of teaching is online                                               60 points (15 February–9 July 2021 or 12 July–11 February 2022)
learning, all students are required to have access to the Internet.                                             Supervised educational research of a topic that is situated within
                                                                                                                the context of teaching and learning in higher education.
Restriction: HEDX 501, EDUC 507
Limited to: PGCertHighE, PGDipHighE, MHEd                                                                       Limited to: MHEd
Note: Restricted to selected professional students.                                                             Note: All students are required to have access to the Internet.

HEDU 502 Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education                                                       Further information
30 points (full year)
Examination of contemporary research on student learning.                                                       Dr Russell Butson
Exploration of the effects of participants' teaching practices on                                               Higher Education Development Centre
how students learn in order to enhance student learning outcomes.                                               Tel     64 3 479 5789
As one of the principal modes of teaching is on-line learning, all                                              Email russell.butson@otago.ac.nz
students are required to have access to the Internet.                                                           Web     otago.ac.nz/hedc

Please note the availability of some papers may have changed since this Prospectus was printed. For up-to-date information, contact the department concerned or check otago.ac.nz/courses   5
English Language Programmes
Hōtaka reo Ingarangi
English as a second language                                        Courses offered in 2021
                                                                    General English, English for Otago, OBELP Five levels:
The University of Otago Language Centre offers its General
                                                                    Elementary, Pre Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate
English courses, the English for Otago programme and an Online
                                                                    and Advanced with two units per level.
Blended English Language Learning Program (OBELP) for
speakers of other languages.
                                                                    Further information
General English is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their
general English language proficiency with a view to further study   University of Otago Language Centre
in English. Students must complete a placement test to determine    130 Anzac Avenue
their level of study.                                               Dunedin
                                                                    Tel    64 3 479 5250
English for Otago is ideal preparation for both undergraduate       Email uolcfy.admissions@otago.ac.nz
and postgraduate students intending to study at the University of   Web    otago.ac.nz/uolcfy
Otago and it meets the English-language entry requirements.
OBELP is designed for schools and institutions who wish to
improve the English proficiency of groups of students or staff
and focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading, writing,
vocabulary and grammar skills. Each unit equates to a 40-hour
study expectation and includes online Zoom classrooms and
online interactive course material for self-study. Both on-line
lessons and self-study are supported by quality teacher feedback.

Te Kete Aronui
Anthropology                                                                                                    Archaeology
The Social Anthropology programme offers the following two                                                      The Archaeology programme offers papers by distance learning
papers by distance learning as part of its postgraduate programme                                               as part of its Master of Archaeological Practice (MArchP).
for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology and                                                       This postgraduate degree provides an integrated programme of
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Anthropology. We also                                                           study for graduates and others with equivalent qualifications or
welcome students from outside our programme who have a                                                          experience who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise
cross-disciplinary interest in these particular topics, but who                                                 in archaeology and heritage management. Papers focus on the
may not have the prerequisite papers for entry, to request special                                              application of archaeological approaches and methods within a
permission to take these papers. Students from the sciences,                                                    heritage context and on understanding the diverse relationships
health sciences, bioethics, gender studies and other social science                                             between people, places and the past. Papers link theory with
programmes are all welcome to apply.                                                                            practice, and provide students with opportunities to explore these
                                                                                                                relationships in real-world settings. Students wishing to enrol in
ANTH 423 Bodies, Technologies and Medicines                                                                     this degree should contact the Programme as soon as possible to
20 points (full year)
                                                                                                                discuss requirements. New Zealand Archaeology is also offered
Anthropological analysis of what it means to be human in living                                                 at 300 and 400 level.
and working with innovative medical technologies such as
genetic testing, xenotransplantation, intensive care units, organ                                               ANTH 330 New Zealand Archaeology
transfers and gender reassignment surgeries.                                                                    18 points (semester 1)
Prerequisite: 72 300-level ANTH or ARCH points                                                                  Examination of past and recent research in archaeology of the
Note: May not be credited together with ANTH 411 passed in 2002–2004.                                           New Zealand region (North, South, Stewart, Chathams and
                                                                                                                Subantarctic Islands), from initial human settlement until the
The following paper is not offered in 2021:                                                                     recent past.
ANTH 424 The Anthropology of Evil                                                                               Prerequisite: 18 200-level ANTH or 108 points
                                                                                                                Restriction: ARCH 304, ANTH 430
Further information                                                                                             Note: May not be credited together with ANTH 309 passed in 2011 or 2012.
Professor Ruth Fitzgerald                                                                                       ANTH 430 Advanced New Zealand Archaeology
Social Anthropology Programme                                                                                   20 points (semester 1)
Email ruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz                                                                               Critical evaluation of current issues in the archaeology of New
                                                                                                                Zealand's past.
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: 72 300-level ARCH or ANTH points
                                                                                                                Restriction: ARCH 304, ANTH 330
                                                                                                                Limited to: BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MArcHS
                                                                                                                Note: May not be credited together with ANTH 309 passed in 2011 or

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ANTH 505 Advanced Archaeological Excavation                                    Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Learning
30 points (1 February – 4 June)                                                (PGCertEdLn)
Advanced study of archaeological excavation methods and                        The PGCertEdLn (60 points) may be completed in the
excavation management. Students taking this course would be                    equivalent of one year of part-time study (to be completed within
expected to have prior archaeological field experience.                        three years of admission) enabling teachers to continue teaching
Limited to: MArcHS                                                             while they study. The PGCertEdLn consists of EDUC 402 plus
Note: Students intending to enrol must contact the Department by 16            EDUC 400-level papers to the value of 40 points.
December. Attendance at a field school in February is required, except under   Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Learning
exceptional circumstances.                                                     (PGDipEdLn)
                                                                               The PGDipEdLn (120 points) is normally completed in one year
Further information                                                            of full-time study (and must be completed within two years of
Dr Karen Greig                                                                 admission) or the equivalent in part-time study (to be completed
Archaeology Programme                                                          within six years of admission) enabling teachers to continue
Email karen.greig@otago.ac.nz                                                  teaching while they study. The PGDipEdLn consists of EDUC
                                                                               402, 403; 411 or 412; plus optional 400-level EDUC papers to the
                                                                               value of 60 points.

Education                                                                      Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn)
                                                                               The MEdLn (180 points) may be completed in eighteen months
The University of Otago College of Education offers internet-based             (two semesters of full-time study followed by completion of the
postgraduate papers ideal for practising teachers looking to upgrade           Research Project or Professional Inquiry focusing on the area of
or extend their existing qualifications, and for other graduate                endorsement), but will normally be completed in three years of
professionals with an interest in education.                                   part-time study (to be completed within eight years of admission)
                                                                               enabling teachers to continue teaching while they study. Students
Our programmes are designed to meet the professional
                                                                               can choose the amount of research they include, focusing either
development needs of teachers in the early childhood, primary
                                                                               on classroom-based research or research in education more
and secondary sectors, and to help teachers further develop their
                                                                               broadly. The MEdLn consists of EDUC 402, 403, 411 or 412,
critical knowledge and understanding of issues related to teaching
                                                                               and 495; plus optional 400-level EDUC papers to the value of 60
and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, including their own
                                                                               points; and EDUC 591 or 592.
teaching practices.
Admission requirements for the professional programmes                         Doctor of Education (EdD)
include experience of working in a relevant field of education and             The EdD is a doctoral programme developed for educational
evidence of ability for advanced academic study.                               professionals which takes 6–8 years of part-time study. The
                                                                               programme of study includes a year of half-time coursework
The Doctor of Education degree (EdD) is designed with an
                                                                               EDDC 911 (running July–June) followed by the completion and
explicitly professional orientation as an alternative to the PhD.
                                                                               presentation of a research proposal over the next 6–9 months.
The internet is the main delivery system. Students will require                Once this is approved, students move to the thesis stage of the
access to an internet-connected computer. Previous computing                   research. During this stage they will conduct a research study,
experience is not required. All papers are internally assessed.                and write up the results. As they do this, they will also complete a
There are no final examinations.                                               research to practice portfolio, highlighting the impact of their EdD
Please note that not all papers may be offered in any one year.                experiences on their practice.

For the most up-to-date information on paper availability visit                Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
the University of Otago College of Education website:                          Entry to PhD study normally requires at least a BA(Hons) or
                                                                               PGDipArts, and students must be able to show they have advanced
                                                                               knowledge of the educational area in which they wish to study,
                                                                               experience in conducting research and knowledge of research
Qualifications and programmes of study                                         methods.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) and Postgraduate
Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Education                                       Papers available in 2021
EDUC 411, 480 and 60 further 400-level EDUC points.
                                                                               EDUC 402 Current Issues in Education
Master of Arts (MA) in Education thesis option                                 20 points (semester 1)
The MA in Education (thesis) can be completed in either one (if                An introduction to postgraduate study and its required academic
students already have a relevant postgraduate qualification) or                skills through discussion and critical evaluation of national and
two years of full-time study. The first year comprises completion              international trends in education.
of papers, including a research methods paper, and the second                  Limited to: PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn
year comprises completion of a 120-point thesis.
                                                                               EDUC 403 Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Master of Arts (MA) in Education coursework option                             20 points (semester 2)
The coursework MA programme is designed to provide a multi-                    An exploration of current theory and research on learning and
disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of                   teaching relevant to a broad range of educational settings.
subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The
                                                                               Limited to: PGDipEdLn, MEdLn
programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time
study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.
The Coursework MA option consists of HUMS 501 or HUMS 503,
HUMS 502 and three EDUC 400-level 20-point papers.                             Please note the availability of some papers may have changed since this Prospectus was printed. For up-to-date
                                                                               information, contact the department concerned or check otago.ac.nz/courses
EDUC 411 Conceptualising and Designing Quality Educational
20 points (semester 1)
Issues of research design and methodology for students who are
studying policy, practice and professional issues in education.
Restriction: EDUC 412
Limited to: PGDipEdLn, MEdLn

EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-
based Practice in Education
20 points (semester 1)
Issues of research design, methodology and practice for
researchers inquiring into professional practices of teaching and
learning as they arise in education settings.
Restriction: EDUC 411
Limited to: PGDipEdLn, MEdLn

EDUC 423 Technology-enhanced Learning
20 points (full year)
Introduces various theoretical perspectives on the use of technology
to enhance teaching and learning and discusses the practical issues
resulting from this. Issues on knowledge construction and creation, and
the culture of change, are also considered. You should be a teacher or
have some background experience in teaching or education.
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction: EDUX 423
EDUC 429 Special Topic 2
20 points (full year)                                                        After teaching for 10 years, I felt that pursuing higher education
Students will need to show evidence of their ability to study                through distance learning would better position me for school
independently at this level. The topic of study must be approved             leadership opportunities. I first completed a Postgraduate
by the College of Education.                                                 Diploma in Teaching before advancing to the Master of Education
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points                               and Learning.
Restriction: EDUX 429
                                                                             The flexibility of distance learning has allowed me to enhance my
Note: Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted
with approval from the Dean of the College of Education                      personal and professional development while continuing to work
                                                                             full-time. With a young family, a busy lifestyle and an eagerness
EDUC 433 Special Topic: Strategies to Enhance Wellbeing in                   to keep working, distance learning was my only solution to study.
Educational Settings
20 points (semester 2)                                                       The support of lecturers has been overwhelmingly positive. They
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points                               demonstrate professional competence and ensure feedback is
                                                                             timely, effective and thought-provoking. I always feel confident
EDUC 435 Introduction to Internet-based Learning                             that what I present is meaningful and challenged in a way that
20 points (semester 2)
                                                                             encourages me to continue studying.
Focuses on the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web
as tools for teaching, learning and research. Examines how                   Having online access to a variety of library resources has enabled
teaching resources can be searched, gathered, and evaluated                  me to study at any time of the day or night. Distance learning has
on the Internet. Ethical issues relating to use of the Internet              helped me develop a set of metacognitive thinking strategies to
are also discussed. The Internet is used as the delivery system.             identify how I learn and when best to implement each strategy.
To successfully complete this paper, students will need either a
background in education studies or teaching experience.                      Being able to work and study concurrently has strengthened
                                                                             my knowledge by adding context to educational pedagogies
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction: EDUC 317 and EDUX 317
                                                                             and research. I’ve been able to reflect on my own and others’
Notes: (i) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be       perspectives during regular online discussions while meeting the
admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii) Not   needs of family, work and personal interests – that’s hard
available to students who have already completed EDUX 413, which is an       to beat.
advanced paper that follows on from EDUX 435.

EDUC 439 Strategic Educational Management                                    Bruce Buckton
20 points (full year)
                                                                             Master of Education and Learning (Leadership)
A critical examination of contemporary literature and research               Deputy Principal, Rotorua Boys’ High School
on the theory and practice of strategic educational management
across a range of education sectors. The Internet is used as one of
the principal delivery systems.
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
Note: Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted
with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.                                                                                          9
EDUC 442 Studies in Teacher Education, Development,                            EDUC 580 MEd Dissertation
and Learning                                                                   60 points (1 March 2021–7 February 2022)
20 points (semester 1)                                                         A supervised research dissertation of up to 25,000 words on
Inquiry into teacher education in its international context,                   an approved topic. Students need to have at least a year's
addressing issues of programme design, implementation,                         experience studying education and be in the Master of Education
evaluation, and teacher educator development and learning.                     programme to do this paper. Normally, you need to have done or
Limited to: PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn                                       be doing a research methods paper (e.g. EDUC 407).
                                                                               Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
EDUC 457 Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
                                                                               Restriction: EDUX 580
20 points (full year)
                                                                               Limited to: MEd
Critically evaluates a range of pedagogical approaches to
                                                                               Note: The duration of this paper is 12 months.
early childhood education, and explores how these approaches
influence teachers’ thinking about children's learning and                     EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio
development in the early years.                                                60 points (1 March 2021–7 February 2022)
To successfully complete this paper, students will need either a               Aims at developing students' professional skills as teachers.
background in education studies with a focus on early childhood                Students will engage in critical reflection on their professional
or teaching experience in an early childhood centre.                           practice by documenting their goals, growth, achievement, and
                                                                               professional attributes developed throughout the course of study.
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC points                                         Students need to be experienced teachers and be in the Master of
Restriction: EDUX 457                                                          Teaching programme to complete this paper.
Note: Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted
with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.                       Prerequisite: (EDUC 440 or EDUX 440) or (EDUC 423 or
                                                                               EDUX 423)
EDUC 462 Mentoring Teachers                                                    Restriction: EDUX 590
20 points (semester 2)                                                         Limited to: MTchg
Critical examination of mentoring practice related to professional             Notes: (i) This duration of this paper is 12 months. (ii) Intake for semester 1 only.
growth of teachers at all levels. For teachers or other professionals
who are in or will be in a mentoring role.                                     EDUC 591 Research Project
                                                                               40 points (1 March 2021–7 February 2022)
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points                                 A supervised research dissertation of up to 15,000 words on an
Restriction: EDUX 462                                                          approved topic.
Notes: (i) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be
admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii) May     Pre- or Co-requisite: EDUC 411
not be credited with EDUX 433 passed in 2011 or 2012.                          Limited to: MEdLn
                                                                               Note: The duration of this paper is 12 months (50 weeks).
EDUC 464 Writing for Publication in the Social Sciences
20 points (semester 2)                                                         EDUC 592 Professional Inquiry
Students will be guided through the process of writing a journal               40 points (1 March 2021–7 February 2022)
article, reporting their own data, ready for submission by the                 Development of professional skills as a teacher and engagement
end of the course. If you are a graduate wanting to publish your               in critical reflection on professional practice by documenting
research, this paper is designed to help you.                                  goals, growth, achievement, and professional attributes
                                                                               developed throughout the course of study. Requires students to
Prerequisite: 72 300-level points                                              identify a need in their profession.
Limited to: BA(Hons), PGDipTchg, PGDipArts, MEd, MTchg,
MA                                                                             Pre- or Co-requisite: EDUC 412
Note: This paper is primarily intended for graduates in the social sciences.   Limited to: MEdLn
                                                                               Note: The duration of this paper is 12 months (50 weeks)
EDUC 480 Research Study
40 points (full year)                                                          EDDC 911 Doctor of Education Coursework
Independent in-depth exploration of an educational issue,                      60 points (5 January–25 June or 12 July–23 December)
comprising either a review of relevant literature, or completion               Engages students in critical reflection on their professional
of a study approved by the Dean of the College of Education.                   practice and prepares them for their thesis and research to
Students need to have a degree in education and be in either the               practice portfolio research.
PGDipArts (Education) or BA(Hons) (Education) programmes to                    Limited to: EdD
complete this paper. Normally, you need to either have done or                 Note: Students must enrol for EDDC 911 twice: in the second half of the
be doing a research methods paper (e.g. EDUC 407).                             first year of study and the first half of the second year of study.
Prerequisite: 54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
                                                                               The following papers are not offered in 2021:
Restriction: EDUC 481, EDUX 480
Limited to: BA(Hons), MEd, PGDipArts                                           EDSU 106 Te Whiringa o Te Reo
                                                                               EDUC 251 Education in New Zealand: Policy and Treaty Issues
EDUC 495 Thought in Action
20 points (semester 1 and semester 2)                                          EDUC 317 Information and Communication Technology
Students make explicit links between research, theory, and                        in Education
practice, reflecting on how their learning experiences continue to             EDUC 407 Researching Educational Issues
influence their practice.                                                      EDUC 421 Mathematics Education: Learning and Teaching
Pre- or co-requisite: EDUC 591 or EDUC 592                                     EDUC 428 Special Topic: Becoming a Research-capable Teacher
Limited to: MEdLn
                                                                               EDUC 431 Special Topic
                                                                               EDUC 432 Special Topic: Digital Technologies and
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EDUC 438 Leadership for Learning                                                                                INGS 590 Research Report
EDUC 440 Critical Analysis of Teaching                                                                          60 points (26 February 2021–24 February 2022 or
                                                                                                                5 July 2021–24 June 2022)
EDUC 441 Researching Personal Teaching Practice                                                                 A supervised research project of no more than 18,000 words
EDUC 444 Pacific Education Issues: Culture, Identity                                                            (excluding notes, appendices, bibliography) on an approved topic.
   and Schooling
                                                                                                                Prerequisites: To enter the programme a student should have:
EDUC 451 Inclusive Education                                                                                    a four-year bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s (honours) degree
EDUC 453 Exercising Professional Leadership                                                                     or equivalent, or a bachelor's degree plus three years’ relevant
                                                                                                                experience and evidence of the ability to undertake advanced
EDUC 459 Equality, Diversity and Education
                                                                                                                academic study. In exceptional circumstances the Pro-Vice-
EDUC 461 The Construction of Curriculum in Early Childhood                                                      Chancellor may approve the entry of a candidate who does not
   Education                                                                                                    meet the prerequisites listed above.

Further information                                                                                             Restriction: INGX 590
                                                                                                                Limited to: MIndS
Postgraduate Administrator                                                                                      Note: May not be credited together with the Master of Indigenous Studies
University of Otago College of Education                                                                        thesis (INGS 5).
Tel    64 3 479 4914
Email postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz                                                                            MAOR 404 Toitū te Whenua – Land, Lore, and Colonialism
Web    otago.ac.nz/education                                                                                    20 points (semester 1)
                                                                                                                An examination of Māori attitudes to whenua (land) through
                                                                                                                tikanga (customary lore), and the influence of colonialism in the

English and Linguistics                                                                                         Māori world using Land Court Minute Books.
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: 36 300-level ANTH, GEOG, HIST, MAOR,
Soon we will talk to artificial minds: minds that were created not                                              MFCO or POLS points or 30 LAWS points at 300-level or above
by natural evolution, but by human design. In this paper, we will                                               Restriction: MAOX 404
use human language to discover how the mind works and where
the mind ends: at the brain, the body or beyond? We look at                                                     MAOR 407 Presenting Pacific Histories
language as symbol, as a network and as ecology. After studying                                                 20 points (semester 1)
what language is, we examine competing theories of how our                                                      Themes and theories in the representation of Indigenous histories
species evolved language in the first place.                                                                    of Aotearoa and other Islands of the Pacific.
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: 36 300-level HIST, MAOR or PACI points
LING 140 Language, Brain, and Being Human
18 points (semester 2)                                                                                          Restriction: MAOX 407
Humans uniquely are the big-brained animals with language.                                                      MAOR 410 Special Topic: Indigenous Identities
Explore what language is, how your mind makes it happen, and                                                    20 points (semester 2)
thereby what it means to be human.                                                                              Examination of the theoretical aspects of indigeneity, linking
Restriction: LING 240.                                                                                          to practical application of global indigenous identities. An
                                                                                                                understanding of what it means to have an indigenous identity
Further information                                                                                             will be achieved through researching different societies.
Dr Hunter Hatfield                                                                                              Prerequisite: 36 300-level INDV, MAOR or PACI points
Head of Programme
Email hunter.hatfield@otago.ac.nz                                                                               MAOR 413 Te Tātari i te Kaupapa – Māori and Indigenous
Web    otago.ac.nz/education
                                                                                                                20 points (semester 2)
                                                                                                                A critical analysis of the inter-relationships between language,

Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
                                                                                                                knowledge, culture and power in education in the struggle
                                                                                                                of indigenous peoples for self-determination, with a focus on
                                                                                                                empowering communities.
Qualification and programme of study
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: Two 300-level EDUC, INDV, MAOR or PACI
Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS)                                                                            papers
The MIndS programme of study consists of EITHER a research                                                      Limited to: BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MIndS
thesis (INGS 5) and a core paper (INGS 501), or a research                                                      Note: May not be credited together with MAOR 410 passed in 2015.
report (INGS 590), and a core paper (INGS 501) and two
approved elective papers at 400-level.                                                                          PACI 401 Tina Pasifika - Women in Polynesian Communities
                                                                                                                20 points (semester 2)
Papers available in 2021                                                                                        Indigenous women’s roles (traditional and contemporary) within
                                                                                                                selected Polynesian communities. Topics include birthing
INGS 501 Indigenous Theory and Method                                                                           practices, kinship and relationship practices, and female
20 points (semester 1)
Introduces key theory and method questions for Indigenous Studies,
focusing on the central challenge of defining “Indigenous”.                                                     Prerequisite: PACI 301 or PACI 310 or 36 300-level ANTH,
                                                                                                                GEND, HIST or MAOR points
Restriction: INGX 501
                                                                                                                Restriction: MAOR 416, PACX 401
Limited to: MIndS

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The following papers are not offered in 2021:
MAOR 590 Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
                                                                              Religious Studies
                                                                              Religious Studies seeks both to understand religion as a universal
PACI 402 Resource Conservation and Management in the Pacific
                                                                              human phenomenon and to explore the variety of ways in which
PACI 410 Special Topic: Leadership Transition in the Pacific                  people express their religious commitments in thought and
                                                                              action. Since Religious Studies students study a wide variety of
Further information                                                           societies and cultures, this is a subject which can be profitably
Postgraduate Administrator                                                    included within most courses of study.
Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies                       Papers in Religious Studies are designed to be accessible to
Tel    64 3 471 6946                                                          everyone, irrespective of religious background. The subject
Email minds@otago.ac.nz                                                       would be particularly useful to students of History, Philosophy,
Web    otago.ac.nz/tetumu                                                     Political Studies, Classical Studies, Education, Psychology,
                                                                              Anthropology, and Art History. Students who have majored in
                                                                              Religious Studies at Otago have gone on to careers in teaching,
Media, Film and Communication                                                 religious and social work, counselling, librarianship, business
                                                                              (especially marketing) and government.
This course explores the cultural, ethical and societal effects of
disinformation and misinformation. Using case histories from                  Qualifications and programmes of study
journalists and other media worldwide and studies from political and
social scientists, you will learn to think critically about the information   Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies
you consume and pass on to others, through both traditional                   The papers that have to be included in a BA in order to major
and social media. You will study, through practical exercises the             in Religious Studies are as follows: RELS 101 and RELS 102;
shape-shifting nature of news as it circulates around the globe.              three 200-level RELS papers (54 points); four 300-level RELS
                                                                              papers (72 points); plus 198 further points; must include 18 points
MFCO 231 Journalism Now: Seeking the Truth in a World of                      in BIBS or CHTH and 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90
Disinformation and Fake News                                                  points may be taken from outside Arts.
18 points (Summer School)
Explores the cultural, ethical and societal effects of                        Note: Every programme must also include at least one BIBS or CHTH paper.
disinformation and misinformation. Uses case histories from                   Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Religious
journalists and practical exercises.                                          Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts)
Prerequisite: 36 100-level points.                                            RELS 490; RELS 415; plus two further 400-level RELS papers. An
                                                                              approved paper may be substituted for one 400-level RELS paper.
Further information                                                           Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
Stephen Davies                                                                The DipGrad can be used for many purposes, and in some cases,
Email mfco@otago.ac.nz                                                        effectively provides an additional major. It requires you to do
                                                                              at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or
                                                                              above. The programme is designed for graduates and may be
Politics                                                                      completed by full-time candidates in one year or by part-time
                                                                              candidates over more than one year. A DipGrad is a great way
Why do governments pursue certain courses of action and                       to retrain or to update existing qualifications. Many students
implement particular sets of policies during specific periods of              also find it a convenient way to continue learning and that it is a
history? Who makes policy and how? Why does policy matter?                    useful bridge to postgraduate study. Must include papers worth
What is the relationship between economic and political power?                at least 54 points from those prescribed at 300-level for the major
Who runs New Zealand? More generally, how do we understand                    subject requirements for the subject concerned and/or from those
politics? The overall aim of the paper is for students to understand          available at a higher level in the subject concerned.
how and why public policy is made in New Zealand and elsewhere.
                                                                              Papers available in 2021
POLS 321 Public Policy in New Zealand
18 points (Summer School)                                                     RELS 101 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Examination of theories and descriptions of how and why                       18 points (semester 2)
governments make and implement policy decisions in New Zealand.               An introduction to the three major religions which originated in
                                                                              the Middle East.
Prerequisite: 18 200-level POLS points
Note: May not be credited together with POLS 231 passed in 2005–2012.         Restriction: RELX 101

                                                                              RELS 102 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism
Further information                                                           18 points (semester 1)
Chris Rudd                                                                    The ancient origins, classical traditions and contemporary
Politics Programme                                                            forms of Hinduism and Buddhism including Hindu mythology,
Tel 64 3 479 8664                                                             teachings of the Buddha, religious disciplines such as yoga and
Email      chris.rudd@otago.ac.nz                                             meditation, expression of devotion in art and architecture, spread
                                                                              of Indian religions to the West.
                                                                              Restriction: RELX 102

RELS 203 Ancient Religion: Egypt to Mesopotamia                                                                 Prerequisite: 36 points
18 points (9 November–11 December)                                                                              Restriction: RELS 337
The religious practices, beliefs and texts of ancient Egypt,                                                    Note: May not be credited together with RELS 231 or RELS 331 passed
Mesopotamia and the Levant, ca. 3000–300 BCE. Open to all                                                       in 2016.
students with an interest in religion or the ancient world.
                                                                                                                RELS 238 Religion and Human Behaviour
Prerequisite: 36 points
                                                                                                                18 points (semester 1)
Restriction: RELS 303                                                                                           An overview of the study of religions as cultural phenomena,
RELS 209 The Body in Asian Religions                                                                            with an emphasis on scientific explanations for what religions
18 points (semester 1)                                                                                          have in common and for the differences between them. Open to
An examination of some of the ways in which body, gender and                                                    all students who are curious as to why humans are religious, why
sexuality are constructed and practised in cultures dominated by                                                religions are different, and where religion is headed in the future.
Hindu and Buddhist ideals.                                                                                      Prerequisite: 36 points
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         Restriction: RELS 338
Restriction: RELS 309, RELX 209, RELX 309                                                                       RELS 240 The Cultural Evolution of Religious Systems
Note: May not be credited together with RELS 233 or 333 passed in 2005.                                         18 points (semester 2)
RELS 214 New Religious Movements
                                                                                                                Cross-cultural variation and patterns in religious systems,
18 points (Summer School)                                                                                       contemporary theories about the transmission and evolution of
A study of new religious movements (NRMs) in the modern world.                                                  human culture, and analysis of prominent theories about the
                                                                                                                cultural evolution of religion. Open to all students that have
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         completed at least two papers at any level (36 points).
Restriction: RELS 306, RELX 214, RELX 306
Note: May not be credited together with RELS 231 passed in 2007.                                                Prerequisite: 36 points
                                                                                                                Restriction: RELS 340
RELS 216 Zen Buddhism
18 points (semester 2)                                                                                          RELS 241 Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory
The history, doctrines, and practices of Chan Buddhism in                                                       18 points (semester 2)
China and Zen Buddhism in Japan. Zen practices, as meditation                                                   The role of conspiracy theories in contemporary religious
and koan, and the encounter with the “West”.                                                                    conflicts. Antisemitic conspiracies, Holocaust denial, Muslim
                                                                                                                conspiracies, Satanic panics, occult societies, alien overlords, the
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         End Times and ISIS Apocalypse, flat-earthers, climate-change
Restriction: RELS 316, RELX 216, RELX 316                                                                       deniers. Open to all students with an interest in contemporary
Note: May not be credited together with RELS 231 or 331 passed in 2008.                                         conspiracy theories. May not be credited together with RELS
RELS 225 Science, Religion and Knowledge                                                                        341.
18 points (semester 2)                                                                                          Prerequisite: 36 points
Are science and religion in conflict? Beginning with this                                                       Restriction: RELS 341
question, the nature of religion and science and the differing
conceptions of knowledge found in scientific and religious                                                      RELS 303 Ancient Religion: Egypt to Mesopotamia
communities are examined.                                                                                       (Advanced)
                                                                                                                18 points (9 November–11 December)
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         The religious practices, beliefs and texts of ancient Egypt,
Restriction: RELS 325                                                                                           Mesopotamia and the Levant, ca. 3000–300 BCE. Open to all
                                                                                                                students with an interest in religion or the ancient world.
RELS 226 Mahāyāna Buddhism
18 points (semester 1)                                                                                          Prerequisite: 18 200-level BIBS or RELS points
The origins of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India, its spread to Tibet                                                  Restriction: RELS 203
and East Asia and its relationship to other forms of Buddhism,
including Theravāda.                                                                                            RELS 306 New Religious Movements
                                                                                                                18 points (Summer School)
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         A study of new religious movements in the modern world.
Restriction: RELS 326, RELX 226, RELX 326
Note: May not be credited together with RELS 230 or 330 or RELX 230                                             Prerequisite: 18 200-level RELS or RELX points
or 330 passed in 2009.                                                                                          Restriction: RELS 214, RELX 214, RELX 306
                                                                                                                Notes: (i) May not be credited together with RELS 231 passed in 2007. (ii)
RELS 235 Religion, Law and Politics                                                                             Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with
18 points (semester 2)                                                                                          approval from the Head of Department.
The interplay of religion, law and politics in contemporary India,
Sri Lanka, America, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere. Case                                                     RELS 309 The Body in Asian Religions
                                                                                                                18 points (semester 1)
study and theory. Themes include secularism, religious freedom,
pluralism and others.                                                                                           An examination of some of the ways in which body, gender and
                                                                                                                sexuality are constructed and practised in cultures dominated by
Prerequisite: 36 points                                                                                         Hindu and Buddhist ideals.
Restriction: RELS 335, RELX 235, RELX 335
                                                                                                                Prerequisite: 18 200-level RELS or RELX points
RELS 237 Psychology of Religion                                                                                 Restriction: RELS 209, RELX 209, RELX 309
18 points (Summer School)                                                                                       Notes: (i) May not be credited together with RELS 233 or 333 passed in
An introduction to the psychology of religion, with emphasis                                                    2005. (ii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be
on what research in contemporary cognitive and evolutionary                                                     admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
psychology says about human religious belief and behaviour.
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