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Masters degrees in Australasian Society & Culture examine the societal and cultural institutions, movements and activities originating from, or associated with New Zealand and Australia.
Related subjects and postgraduate specialisms include the Arts of Oceania, Indigenous Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Cultural Studies or Languages and Literature.
The Culture of Australia and New Zealand is extremely diverse. Modern culture encompasses influences from Britain, Holland, Melanesia, Polynesia and other Oceanian people, as well as heritage which can be traced to the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and Australia.
Research topics in this field are therefore equally diverse, with opportunities for postgraduates to study Australasian Culture as a whole, or to focus on New Zealand and Australia as separate cultural and social entities.
For example, New Zealand has a very distinct Māori culture, with a rich oral tradition. Alternatively, you might analyse concepts within Australian culture such as ‘mateship’ , which promotes equality, loyalty and friendship.
Careers may include traditional roles such as academia and publishing, and well as public relations, journalism and even foreign or international policy.
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