Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

Study Abroad in Wellington: Courses

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Victoria University course numbers are listed first followed by the American equivalent. Recommended U.S. credits are in parentheses.

courses represent advanced-level undergraduate courses. Courses listed on the Victoria University website for 15 credit points are recommended for 4 U.S. semester credits and 20 credit points for 5 U.S. semester credits.

This is a Full Curriculum Program meaning that you can choose any course offered by Victoria University if prerequisites are met.

These courses are a sample of those offered and reflect some of the most popular courses with previous students. Some courses may require prerequisites.

Specialized Programs
AIFS students studying at Victoria University can focus on a particular study area selecting at least 3 courses from within one if these academic themes and they will receive recognition of this on their transcripts. Subject areas and course options can be found here.

Full Curriculum Program

ANTH 208 Anthropology 308 (5) | Culture and Experience

Examines the cultural encounters and human experiences that emerge out of contemporary human rights regimes, humanitarian interventions, development projects, and global politics. Taking case studies from a range of different cultural settings, it will focus on how culture and politics shapes these global practices, and how different groups understand, respond to and challenge these interventions.

ANTH 307 Anthropology 407 (5) | Medical Anthropology

Introduces students to current questions in medical anthropology. It explores how culture shapes experiences of the body and illness, and critically examines the politics and ethics of modern global healthcare in a range of ethnographic settings.

ARTH 310 Art History 410 (5) | Topics in Colonial Art

We explore the complex interrelationships between settlers and indigenous peoples of the Pacific, and between colonies and homeland, that inform these vibrant traditions. The course encourages close study of actual artifacts and monuments and includes a field trip to the Alexander Turnbull Library.

CRIM 216 Criminology 316 (5) | Alcohol, Drugs and Crime

Examines the place of drugs, alcohol and crime in contemporary society by critically exploring the socially-constructed boundaries between use and misuse, the separation between licit and illicit use, and the links between drugs/alcohol and crime.

ECON 314 Economics and Finance 414 (5) | Game Theory

This course introduces and develops game theory and its applications.

ENGL 201 English 301 (5) | Sea Changes: A History of English Literature

An exploration of the history of literature(s) in English, from the Anglo-Saxons to contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand. It is built around case studies of a series of major texts in their changing historical and cultural contexts, the texts being linked by the shared motif of voyages by sea.

ENGL 234 English 334 (5) | New Zealand Literature

A thematic and historical study of New Zealand literature from the eighteenth century to the present focusing on such issues as imaginary worlds, writing the new place, the Maori Renaissance, nationalism and after, war, the outsider, realism, modernism and post-modernism.

ESCI 132 Earth Sciences 232 (4) | Antarctica: Unfreezing the Continent

A broad introduction to Antarctica, including its history, exploration, weather, geology, fauna and management. Its role in the global climate system is emphasized. This course is primarily designed for non-science majors.

FILM 101 Film 201 (5) | Introduction to Film Analysis

Examines how cinema creates meaning through formal elements such as narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound and editing. It introduces students to key concepts and terms in Film Studies. It develops their textual analysis skills and explores different practices of interpretation.

FILM 202 Film 302 (5) | Cinema of Aotearoa, New Zealand

This course focuses on the cinema and visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand from different cultural, aesthetic, historical, industrial and economic perspectives.

GEOG 217 Geography 317 (5) | Human Geography: Approaching Our World

This course explores the evolution of Human Geography and its relevance to local and global issues over time.

HIST 112 History 212 (5) | Islands and Peoples: Aotearoa New Zealand in World History

A survey of the origins and histories of New Zealand and its peoples from the beginnings of human settlement to the present. Topics covered include Maori-European encounters and conflicts, politics and identities, changes in everyday life, and the shifting relations between New Zealand and the Pacific, Australasian and British worlds.

INTP 248 International Relations 348 (5) | International Security

Examines how and why conflict emerges in the international system and explores different approaches to its mitigation and resolution, using both traditional materialist theories of security and alternative critical approaches to security. Students will learn to discern varying forms of conflict and will employ theoretical and empirical perspectives on conflict analysis to analyze modern case studies.

LING 101 Linguistics 201 (5) | Language and Communication

An introduction to the study of language, increasing understanding of a range of language issues of general interest in the community.

MGMT 101 Management 201 (4) | Introduction to Management

This introductory course in management offers a broad perspective on modern management in the business, public and voluntary sectors, and examines key issues likely to face managers in the near future.

PHIL 106 Philosophy 206 (5) | Contemporary Ethical Issues

An introduction to issues in applied ethics. Topics may include: the morality of the death penalty, war, cloning, abortion and euthanasia, and the moral status of non-human animals.

PHYS 131 Physics 231 (4) | Energy and Environmental Physics

The advantages, disadvantages and environmental impact of various renewable and non-renewable energy resources are investigated, with particular emphasis on the New Zealand situation. Other environmental topics covered include thermal radiation, the greenhouse effect, global warming, properties of the ozone layer, the physics of earthquake and extreme weather hazards and more.

PHYS 132 Physics 232 (4) | Introductory Astronomy

Topics include ancient and classical astronomy, elementary spherical astronomy, astronomical observations and techniques, planets, stars, compact stars, galaxies and elementary cosmology. The laboratory component of the course introduces the process of observing the skies, through the use of portable eight-inch telescopes and visits to the Wellington Planetarium at the Carter Observatory.

POLS 111 Political Science 211 (5) | Introduction to New Zealand Government and Politics

The aim of this course is to develop knowledge of New Zealand politics and government through the lens of political science. We focus on key themes and current developments and, because we are situated in Wellington, we are able to call on politicians and other political actors to contribute to the course.

POLS 382 Political Science 482 (5) | Special Topic: Politics, Sports and the Arts

Studies aspects of the relationship between politics and society, concentrating principally on the influence of politics on the arts and the arts on politics. Other aspects of the relationship between politics and society will also be considered, including the influence of politics on sport and sport on politics.

PSYC 338 Psychology 438 (4) | Cross-Cultural Psychology

Broadly examines human behavior and experience as it occurs in different cultures and/or is influenced by cultural factors. Both comparative and indigenous approaches are applied to a range of psychological topics. The application of cross-cultural theory and research, particularly in relation to intercultural contact, is highlighted.

RELI 108 Religious Studies 208 (5) | The World’s Religions

Introduces the major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. We study the most important religious texts, spiritual leaders, and ritual practices in history, and we also explore contemporary issues and controversies.

RELI 203 Religious Studies 303 (5) | Civilization and Cultures of Islam

Introduces the major religious and cultural dimensions of the Islamic world, both those that express its diversity and those that express its continuity. The course seeks to provide students with a better and deeper understanding of the Islamic past and through this, the Islamic world today.

RELI 207 Religious Studies 307 (5) | Judaism: Israel, Holocaust and Diaspora

A study of the diversity and complexity of Judaism in the contemporary world against the background of Jewish history. The course focuses on the ways in which Jewry and Judaism are, and have been, understood by Jewish Communities themselves and in the work of contemporary scholars.

SARC 131 Architecture 231 (4) | Introduction to Sustainability in the Designed Environment

The definitions and macro contexts of sustainability, emphasizing the roles, responsibilities and opportunities for professionals in the designed and built environment. The course covers climate and microclimate, resources, materials production, environmental impact and social equity.

TOUR 101 Tourism Management 201 (5) | Introduction to Tourism

A systematic exploration of the structure of tourism. An origin-linkage-destination framework is used to examine the functioning of the system and its components: origins (patterns of demand), linkages (flows, distribution channels, transport) and destinations (tourism development, accommodation, attractions).

TOUR 108 Tourism Management 208 (5) | Tourism in New Zealand

A systematic examination of domestic and international tourism in New Zealand. Stakeholder perspectives of host communities, tourists, public, private and third sector actors are employed to explore the dimensions of one of the country’s largest export earning industries.

Additional Courses Available

You can choose from the full course catalog at Victoria University. If you require a course which is not listed, please visit Victoria University of Wellington’s online course catalog.

Other courses that students have taken include:

  • ARTH 113 / Art History 213 - Thinking through Art (5)
  • BIOL 132/Biology 232 - Biodiversity and Conservation (5)
  • BIOL 219/Biology 319 - New Zealand Flora and Fauna (5)
  • CRIM 212 / Criminology 312 – Crime in New Zealand (5)
  • CRIM 216 / Criminology 316 – Alcohol, Drugs and Crime (5)
  • CRIM 220 / Criminology 320 – Special Topic: Organized Crime (5)
  • EDUC 141 / Education 241 – Human Learning and Development (5)
  • EDUC 221 / Education 321 – Youth, Society and Education (5)
  • ESCI 111 / Earth Sciences 211 – The Earth System: An Introduction (5)
  • FINA 211 / Finance 311 – Corporate Finance Accounting and Business (4)
  • HIST 336 / History 436 - The Pacific Islands After 1945 (5)
  • HLWB 105 / Health and Wellbeing 205 - Psychological and Physical Wellbeing (5)
  • IBUS 201 / International Business 301 – Principles of International Business (4)
  • INTP 113 / International Politics 213 – Introduction to International Relations (5)
  • INTP 244 / International Politics 344 – New Zealand and the World (5)
  • MARK 315 / Marketing 415 – Services Marketing (4)
  • PHIL 105 / Philosophy 205 – The Big Questions (5)
  • PHIL 264 / Philosophy 364 – Ethics and International Affairs (5)
  • POLS 205 / Politics 305 – The New Europe (5)
  • PSYC 231 / Psychology 331 – Cognitive Psychology (4)
  • SOSC 211 / Sociology 311 – Interpreting Society (5)
  • SOSC 305 / Sociology 405 – Social Organization (5)
  • SPAN 111 / Spanish 211 – Introduction to the Spanish Language (5)
  • SPOL 306 / Social Policy/Sociology 406 – Social Inequality (5)
  • STAT 193 / Statistics 293 – Statistics for National and Social Sciences (4)

Special Courses

Maori Studies

Maori Studies courses examine the Maori people - their language and culture, past and present, and their place in relation to the other cultures of New Zealand, Polynesia and the world. Maori culture is a living and dynamic reality in New Zealand today and provides the nation with many of its unique qualities. Historically, interaction between Maori and non-Maori has shaped the economic, social and political development of New Zealand. The Maori Studies courses focus on developing awareness, appreciation and understanding about the associated issues and complexities.

MAOR 101 Maori Studies 201 (4) | Te Timatanga/Introduction to Maori Language

Te Timatanga/Introduction to Maori Language Students work to develop a foundation of basic Maori language speaking, reading and writing skills, approximately equivalent to NCEA Level 1. The course covers the fundamentals of Maori pronunciation, learning vocabulary and basic sentence structures, karakia, waiata, and mihimihi and includes a noho marae component – an opportunity to experience Maori culture.

MAOR 123 Maori Studies 223 (4) | Te Iwi Maori me ana Tikanga/Maori Society and Culture

Introduces students to a broad range of Maori beliefs, concepts and structures that are important to the foundations and development of Maori society and culture. The course will cover aspects of pre-European Maori society, cultural change, present-day developments as well as visions for the future.

Pacific Studies

Through Pacific Studies students are exposed to the ideas and work of the region’s foremost thinkers, political leaders, activists, and artists. Pacific Studies offers critical perspectives on the region’s imperial and colonial legacies. The Pacific Islands are an important part of New Zealand’s economic and political sphere of influence. While facing significant social challenges, Pacific communities in New Zealand are also generating a cultural vibrancy in the nation.

HIST 111 History 211 (5) | Colonial Encounters: Pacific Experiences

Draws on the experiences of indigenous peoples in Australia, the Pacific Islands, and New Zealand. Ranging from pre-contact societies to post-WWII developments, the course examines themes such as the impact of disease and trade, the effects of Christianity and the missions, and indigenous resistance, struggle, loss and recovery.

HIST 219 History 319 (5) | Pacific History

History of the peoples of the Pacific Islands from their initial settlement of the region to the present day. Beginning with Pacific Islanders’ colonization of the region, the course then charts Pacific Islanders’ progressive involvement in the emerging global economy following sustained European contact and involvement with the region.

PASI 101 Pacific Studies 201 (5) | The Pacific Heritage

This is a survey course on a range of Pacific nations, covering socio-cultural, geographical, economic, and historical issues including indigenous perspectives.

SAMO 111 Samoan Studies 211 (5) | Samoan Society and Culture

An introduction to Samoan culture and society with a focus on key Samoan concepts, values, practices, and socio-political institutions.