Below is a list of the papers provided as part of the Moana Studies strand.
BMS510 Te Ao Tawhito: Introduction to Māori/Moana worldviews (15 credits)
This course examines and explores the world through a distinctively Māori/Moana lens, where Māori /Moana language and tikanga take precedence. Students will examine the impacts of European contact on Māori/Moana societies, highlighting specifically the role of Church Missionary Societies in colonisation. Students will apply critical analysis to the Māori prophetic movements of the nineteenth century as social and political mediums of protest against colonial oppression.
BMS511 Te Ao Wairua: Introduction to Māori Theology (15 credits)
Introduction to Māori Theology. This course introduces students to the basic
principles of Māori theology in Aotearoa. Students will examine and apply tikanga Māori, that underpins and informs theological thinking and reflection to contextual issues. This course will help students to think and engage critically with Māori theological responses to social, political and religious issues and debates.
BMS520 Mana Tiriti: Treaty and Church (15 credits)
This course begins by exploring the role of church societies in the establishment and development of Te Tiriti o Waitangi 1840. Students will examine and analyse institutional church approaches to contemporary Treaty issues, with a focus on whenua (land) and reconciliation. Students will also examine the roles and responsibilities pf justice seeking
churches and their commitment to bicultural, Te Tiriti based relationships.
BMS610 Te Ao Tūroa: Contemporary Māori Society (15 credits)
From the Noble Savage to Cheeky Darkies and Tūhoe Terrorists!
The paper examines and analyses the impacts of Te Tiriti o Waitangi on the social and political development of contemporary Māori society. The paper will investigate the Māori prophetic and protest movements of the twentieth century, as catalysts for radical change in race relations and Māori policy. Students will also examine the influential role of the media in creating and perpetuating common public perceptions of Māori and explore the disempowerment and misrepresentation of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.
BMS611 Te Ao Whakaari: Contemporary Māori Music and Dance (15 credits)
Hallelujah and Haka Boogie!! This paper explores and examines the development of contemporary Māori music and dance as a tool for ministry and a mechanism for the expression of faith. The paper introduces students to the theoretical and practical application of Kapa Haka in a church context. Students will explore the history of the early Māori Methodist Singers, Orators and Musicians of 1930 and their contribution to the Methodist Church. Students will also be challenged to consider the place of Haka as a form of Māori expression, in modern-day church and worship.
BMS612 Te Ao Hurihuri: Māori Spirituality (15 credits)
The paper is aimed at developing cultural competency and understanding of tīkanga Māori to enable respectful and effective interaction. Students will examine Māori spirituality and tīkanga Māori as it is applied to gender, age and leadership-specific roles within both traditional and contemporary contexts. The paper will also encourage the development of skills and knowledge of tīkanga Māori in an Aotearoa, Methodist ministry context.
BMS630 Te Reo Kauwhau: Māori Language for Ministry (15 credits)
Ko te kai ā te rangatira he kōrero
(The sustenance of a chief is oratory)
This is an introduction to oral and written Te Reo Māori for the purposes of ministry in an Aotearoa context. Students will focus on basic grammar and structure of the language, and conversational Māori. The paper aims to introduce Students to the development of Te Reo Māori from early nineteenth-century to contemporary Māori language usage, as well as develop key competencies in Māori oral literature for application in practical ministry.
BMS631 Te Reo Pātikitiki: Written Māori Language (15 credits)
This paper is intended to develop skills in the structure and grammar of written Te Reo Māori. The paper will incorporate components of tikanga Māori, and some transcription of oral and written Māori language texts, with a particular focus on biblical texts. Students will study Māori language manuscripts that reveal early Māori theological knowledge and the practice of the sacraments.
BMS710 Moana Research and Ethics (20 credits)
This course introduces learners to Moana approaches to Research and Ethics. It provides students with a critical overview of existing Moana research methodologies and frameworks and explores how they are applied. Students will also examine ethical issues that often arise with Moana research and participants and apply a practical, informed approach to address those issues. The aim of this course is to encourage and engage theological awareness and interpretive competencies in Moana research and promote ethical practice.
BMS711 Moana Decolonisation: Decolonising & Deconstructing Dominance (20 credits)
“Decolonisation, once viewed as the formal process of handing over the instruments of government, is now recognised as a long-term process involving the bureaucratic, cultural, linguistic and psychological divesting of colonial power.” Linda Tuhiwai Smith. This course explores the decolonising of church, by recognising and deconstructing dominant systems and paradigms. It looks at the extent to which churches have propagated colonial/western/Pākehā-Palagi ways of being and operating, particularly in governance and ministry. The aim of this course is to expose students to
theological and sociological discourse that is challenging, innovative and transformative.
BMS720 Moana Spirituality (20 credits)
This course explores Christianity as it is lived and experienced in Oceania, in communities, on marae and in villages. It explores ways in which Moana and Christian traditions have imposed upon one another, with a particular focus on traditional funerary rites and sacraments. This course provides opportunity for students to engage in te ao Moana perspectives and to discover new theological and sociological perspectives for contemporary church and society.
BMS721 Moana Hermeneutics (20 credits)
This course critically examines the development of the theory of hermeneutics within the philosophy of the twentieth century and its implications for the various sectors of theological study. It will then explore various indigenous hermeneutical perspectives, before developing a Māori hermeneutical approach, which will be used to critically examine particular biblical texts.
BMS722 Moana Voices (20 credits)
This course looks at ways in which mainstream film, tv and media imposes upon Oceania. Students will critically reflect on the socio-cultural and theological impacts of media on church and society. Students will engage and apply a Moana Voice or narrative to their critique.
BMS730 Special Topics in Moana Studies (20 credits)
Course codes with number 730 are special topics papers. They are included
(i) to create a space for in-depth discussion of a particular issue or subject that is deemed significant for training of students for Christian
ministry and leadership, and
(ii) to accommodate the teaching interests of scholars who visit, or are invited by, the college.
Such special topics will be delivered incrementally from time to time.
BRM740 Research Methodologies
BMS750 Research Project
Students who have completed the core and required courses for Religious Studies, and who hold an average grade of B or above, may undertake a thorough study of a topic approved by the Research Committee. The research project is equal to three 20-credit courses, and to be completed within one semester.