School of Language,
Social and Political Sciences

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa Bula, 歡迎, 환영, ยินดีต้อนรับ, مرحبا, السلام عليكم

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai

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.

Greater understanding of women needed

16 January 2015 A University of Canterbury sociology graduate researcher has identified a need for a greater understanding of the ways unintended childlessness impacts on women's lives. (read article)

More News

‘The lecturers at Canterbury clearly enjoy what they teach ...’

Alyssa O'Connor BA in English
Studying towards a GradDipTchLn(Primary)
(read profile)

Announcements and Events

Life after the BA seminar on 14 August

Did you miss it? You can listen to the audio here (login using your UC username and password)

Postgraduate Brown Bag Presentations

Postgraduate Brown Bag Presentations - Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Psyc 311, Common Room

Global, Cultural & Language Studies

31st October 2014

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, of European and EU Studies of GCLS/NCRE, has been appointed Adjunct Full Professor at the Research and Learning Institute of Foreign Languages, Cherkasy National University, Ukraine.  She was nominated by the renowned Ukrainian scholar, Professor Svitlana Zhabotynska, one of the leaders of the Institute.  Her appointment was approved and signed by the Rector of the Cherkasy National University.
Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, of European and EU Studies of GCLS/ NCRE, was invited by the Department of Social and Cultural Research at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda (Germany) to present a three-hour research seminar, "The EU in the Eyes of Asia-Pacific."  She presented to MA students within the Learning Project of the Jean Monnet programme "Außen - und Innenansichten der Europäischen Union.  Der europäische Integrationsprozess aus multinationaler und interkultureller Perspektive".
Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, of European and EU Studies of GCLS/ NCRE, participated in the NFG Author’s Workshop for a Special Issue: “Against all Odds: Diffusing Security Paradigms in the EU-Asia Relationship” on  29 October 2014 at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).  Natalia also was a discussant and the chair during the workshop.


15th December 2014

UC’s Journalism programme, along with the New Zealand Broadcasting School and Aoraki Polytechnic, hosted media industry representatives, international journalism researchers and journalism schools in early December for New Zealand’s annual journalism education conference.  Among the highlights was a keynote panel with Press Editor Joanna Norris, Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson, Fairfax Media Group Executive Editor Sinead Boucher, Editor-in-chief of New Zealand Herald titles Tim Murphy, and TV3 Deputy Director of News & Current Affairs Richard Sutherland on the future of journalism and what educators and newsrooms need to be doing to prepare graduates for the changing world of news media.


31 October 2014

Lynn Clark gave a talk called "Investigating within-speaker variation in the QuakeBox Canterbury earthquake stories", at the 'New Ways of Analysing Variation' conference in Chicago.  The talk is co‑authored by Liam Walsh and Jen Hay, and is part of a special session on the society benefits of sociolinguistic work.
Linguistics PhD student Daniel Bürkle presented a paper on his thesis research at the 15th Texas Linguistic Society Conference, 24-26 Oct, University of Texas at Austin (  The title of Daniel’s paper was ‘The touchscreen as an attention measure: evidence from a dative alternation study’. Daniel’s thesis research is supervised by Heidi Quinn (Linguistics), Jen Hay (Linguistics), and Susan Foster Cohen (Linguistics), and Daniel’s conference travel was supported by PhD Research-Related Funding from the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences.  Over the last month, Daniel also gave presentations about his work at the Arizona Linguistics Circle 8, 3-5 Oct, University of Arizona, Tucson, and at the weekly meeting of the Cognitive Science group, 13 Oct, University of California at Merced.

Media & Communication

15th December 2014

Semiu Bello, PhD student in Media and Communication, had his paper titled "The concept of health communication, converging points and key issues: Towards a more informed populace" accepted for publication in Media and Communication Review.

21 November 2014

Dr. Zita Joyce was Guest Editor for a recently published edition of MEDIANZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand.  This was a special issue of the journal, titled "Mediatization of the Canterbury Earthquakes."  It has important work from Kris Vavasour (2011 UC COMS Honours Graduate) and our recent PhD graduate, Sean Scanlon, as well as many other New Zealand scholars.

Political Science

15th December 2014

Political Sciences programme head Bronwyn Hayward was an invited chair and judge at the Potsdam Institute in October which hosted the International Social Science Council invitation workshop for 39 award winning global social science teams from 91 countries.  The teams were awarded seeding grants for interdisciplinary transformative research that responds to complex global problems including climate, economic, and social pressures.

21 Novemer 2014

Jeremy Moses’ book Sovereignty and Responsibility is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan on November 19. Details here.
Alex Tan was invited as a panellist examining "Taiwan's Municipal Elections: Local Races with National Implications" at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on November 18.

Sociology & Anthropology

21 November 2014

Anthropology post-graduates were well represented at the recent joint conference of the New Zealand and Australian Anthropology Associations, held in Queenstown from 10 – 14 November 2014.  Andrea Herbert (recent PhD graduate in Anthropology), Eva Maureau, Rosa Persendt, Tuhina Ganguly and Chandan Bose (PhD candidates in Anthropology) all gave papers at the conference.  Dr Zhifang Song (Anthropology lecturer) also gave a paper at the conference.

Social Work and Human Services

5th December 2014

On 28 November 2014, the Glenn Inquiry into Child Abuse and Domestic Violence released the People’s Blueprint, marking the conclusion of this nationally significant inquiry.  Please see the link below with the great news of the inclusion of the work of Te Awatea members and associates in the report.

Seminar Series

Seminar Series - What's on this week?