What do zombies, New Zealand music, trans-politics, and Koko the talking gorilla have in common? You learn about them in Cultural Studies! In Cultural Studies, 'culture' is understood broadly, but with an emphasis on local everyday life. Traditional distinctions between 'high' and 'low' culture are abandoned: graphic novels become significant texts alongside, say, Attenborough documentaries. Cultural Studies is also interdisciplinary, drawing on the perspectives, methods, and theories of numerous fields of study. Our unique programme is the only one in New Zealand, and our courses are taught by lecturers from more than 15 departments.
Students can mix and match courses, but we also offer four dedicated pathways of study, each comprising courses that help you build a major or pursue an interest in these specific areas: gender, sexuality and embodiment; animals, nature and the environment; popular culture; and Aotearoa New Zealand.
From a BA major or minor to a PhD, Cultural Studies offers a diverse field of study.
Sample some of the innovative work our postgraduate students are doing.
Find out more about course options in the Popular and Visual Culture pathway.
Connect with researchers in this diverse field of study.
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