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Our school encompasses the disciplines of: Anthropology, Diplomacy and International Relations, European and European Union Studies, Global, Cultural and Language Studies, Human Services, International Law and Politics, Journalism, Linguistics, Media and Communication, Political Science, Social Work and Sociology. Here you will find some links to useful resources and information.

NZ's first Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduates

18 December 2015 New Zealand's first Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduate has crossed the stage at the University of Canterbury graduation ceremony. (read article)

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Pavlova Paradise Revisited: Canterbury Visiting Fellow Austin Mitchell

01 March 2016 05:00PM until 01 March 2016 06:00PM

Discussion Group - Gendering Discussion @ UC

10 March 2016 01:00PM until 10 March 2016 02:00PM

Polar Research Discussed in New York Times

15 January 2016: On 29th December, Professor Anne-Marie Brady was quoted and her research discussed in this New York Times front-page story on the global race for resources in Antarctica. Read more...

End of Year POLS Awards

17th December 2015: Top scholars were given their awards at the UC Political Science Department Awards Morning Tea held on 16th December. Read more...

Welcome for POLS Erskine Fellow Austin Mitchell

17th December 2015: A morning tea welcome for Canterbury Erskine Fellow to Politics: Austin Mitchell. Mitchell was a founding member of the UC Politics Department in 1963, a former UK politician and TV personality returning to Canterbury to teach the summer course POLS334: The Great unravelling: UK and British Politics. Read more...

Mike Grimshaw Becomes Fellow of Westar Institute

11th December 2015: Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) presented a paper God is in the details: Reading’ Mies van der Rohe’s modern architecture through Tillich’s theology of culture and technology at the American Academy of Religion Annual meeting held in Atlanta. Read more...

Alex Tan Joins ASEAN Delegation to Malaysia

11th December 2015: Professor Alex Tan is a member of the New Zealand delegation to the 8th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Track 2 Dialogue held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more...

Bronwyn Hayward Peer Reviewing UN Research on Sustainable Cities

11th December 2015: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward has been invited to attend a science research workshop in Geneva on 7‑12 December for the United Nations Environment Fund to peer review their research agenda for the next 10 years on sustainable consumption and production in cities. Read more...

Asian Studies at NZ Asia Conference

11th December 2015 The Asian Studies Section played a key role in the recent successful NZASIA Conference that was hosted on campus November 29 – December 1. Read more...

NZ South Asia Presence at NZ Asia Conference

4th December 2015: The New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) made a significant contribution to the NZAsia conference hosted by the School of Language, Social, and Political Sciences (LSAP) November 29-December 1, with panels convened by three core members. Read more...

sMultispecies Ethnography Defined

4th December 2015: Piers Locke (Sociology and Anthropology) has written an entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online on "Multispecies Ethnography” with his colleague Ursula Münster of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich. Read more...

Oakley Foundation Awards Sociology Research Project $18,000

4th December 2015: Dr. Anne Scott, of the Sociology and Anthropology Dept, is principle investigator for a research project that was awarded $18,000 by the Oakley Foundation. Read more...

Politics Workshop Hosted in Taiwan

4th December 2015: Professor Alex Tan organised and hosted an International Workshop on Institutionalisation and Deinstitutionalisation of Parties and Political Organisations in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on November 20-21. Read more...

Evgeny Pavlov Presents Research in Europe

4th December 2015: Associate Professor Evgeny Pavlov was a short-term research fellow at the Institute for Slavistics at Humboldt University, Berlin in November. Read more...

European and EU Studies Researchers Present at NZ Asia Conference at UC

4th December 2015: "EU Global Perceptions” team – Associate Professor Natalia Chaban of E & EUS, Dr Serena Kelly (Post-Doctoral Fellow and E & EUS Lecturer), Dr Olga Gulyaeva (Post-Doctoral Fellow) and Connor Pokoati (E & EUS BA (Honours) Graduate – presented their research on EU perceptions and images in Asia Pacific at the NZ Asia 2015 conference at the University of Canterbury on December 1. Read more...

Political Science Celebrates Awards

2nd December 2015: UC Dept of Political Science and International Relations celebrated 3 awards announced on 1 Dec at the NZ Political Science Assn Conference. Read more...

UC Academics Edit Ethnoelephantology Anthology

27 November 2015: Dr Piers Locke (Sociology and Anthropology) and Dr Jane Buckingham (History) have just signed a contract with Oxford University Press to publish an edited volume titled “Conflict, Negotiation, Coexistence: Human-Elephant Relations in South Asia”. Read more...

UC Well Represented at EU Conference in Auckland

27 November 2015: The New Zealand European Union Centre Network (EUCN), a network of all eight New Zealand universities based at the University of Canterbury, held an international conference on 23+24 November in Auckland. Read more...

UC Graduates Sustainable Business Awards Finalists

27 November 2015: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward attended the NZ Sustainable Business Awards Auckland on November 24th as trustee of the Spark Foundation – their community venture “Spark Bikes” Christchurch was selected as a finalist. Read more...

China's Maritime Strategy

27 November 2015: Professor Anne-Marie Brady gave a presentation on “China’s Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea and Polar Regions”, at the 8th East Asia Security Outlook, at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (SHHBIDSS), Ministry of Defence, Brunei Darussalam on 24 November. Read more...

UNESCO Funding for UC's Community Journalism Project

27 November 2015: The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded UC’s Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism programme funding to support the next iteration of its community journalism project. Read more...

Research Presentations at Australasian EU Conference

27 November 2015: Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Dr Milenko Petrovic, Dr Serena Kelly and an Honours student Ashleigh Alberts, all of the European and EU Studies, presented their papers at the Annual EU Centre Conference “Europe: New Leadership, New Directions” Read more...

Elephant In The Room at NZ Human-Animal Studies Conference

20 November 2015: Dr Piers Locke and his research student Samantha Eason both gave papers at a panel on human-elephant relations on Friday November 6 at the conference of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury. Read more...

Alex Tan Speaks at Conference on Public Opinion

20 November 2015: Professor Alex Tan was a discussant at the Conference on Public Opinion Surveys in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau: Current Development and Prospect on November 7, 2015.

POLS PhD Student Wins NZ Sociology Association Prize

20 November 2015: Congratulations to Political Science PhD student Sylvia Nissen who won the NZ Sociology Association Graduate Essay Prize for 2015. Read more...

Mayor's Prize for POLS Essay

20 November 2015: Congratulations to Matthew Taylor of Political Science, POLS 216, who won the Westport-Buller Mayor’s prize for the best student urban politics essay on redevelopment potential for Westport. Read more...

Linguistics Honours Course Shares Findings with Vanuatu Community

20 November 2015: On Sunday 8 November, this year's Linguistics Field Methods honours class (LING407) met with members of the Christchurch Vanuatu community in the Pasifika Lali Room of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies to share food and present findings from their research projects on Bislama. Read more...

Virtual Museum of Gulag

20 November 2015: Cultural Studies PhD student Valeriya Kalkina presented a paper on the Virtual Museum of Gulag at a one-day conference Memory Research in Aotearoa New Zealand held at Massey University on 12 November. Read more...

21st Biennial New Zealand Asian Studies Conference, 29 Nov-1 Dec 2015

20 November 2015: The School of Language, Social and Political Sciences will be hosting the 21st New Zealand Asian Studies Conference from 29 Nov to 1 December. Read more...

Research Training for a New International Research Project

20 November 2015: On November 15-18, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban is leading the first research training of the team of researchers within the framework of the project “Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU). Read more...

Reporting Research Findings to EU Policy Makers

20 November 2015: On November 11, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban and Professor Martin Holland presented final findings of their research at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. Read more...

Transnational Research Project Launched

20 November 2015: On November 7-8, In Brussels Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, with Professor Martin Holland, led a Launch Meeting of the new international research project “Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU) Read more...

Postgraduate Brown Bag Presentations

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Locke 507, Common Room

Interview on Chinese Propaganda for New York Times

06 November 2015: Professor Anne-Marie Brady, Department of Political Science and International Relations, was interviewed by both the New York Times and The Financial Times last week. Read more...

Natalia Chaban Gives Master Class in Darmstadt

06 November 2015: On November 2, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban of European and EU Studies gave a methodology master class for the MA students at Technical University Darmstadt (TUD), Germany, introducing them to the original methodology in the studies of EU external perceptions. Read more...

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