Student support

Students in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations have access to a variety of support services.

Victoria University of Wellington offers a wide ranges of student services and support for students, so if you ever run into a problem, there’ll be someone who can help.

The Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences website includes a list of resources and links specifically relevant to postgraduate students.

We are also committed to the safety of our students during a natural disaster and to this end the video ‘Be Prepared’ is now available to educate students about emergency preparedness.

Support for Māori and Pasifika students

The School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations is committed to fulfilling our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. There is a range of services in place to support Māori and Pasifika students.

Support for students with disabilities

Our School is committed to ensuring all students have equal opportunities to resources and a successful academic journey while studying at the University. A range of support services is available to students with disabilities.

Minorities and Philosophy Victoria (MAP-Victoria)

The Philosophy programme is interested in strengthening the profile of under-represented groups in philosophy, so we've just joined up with an international umbrella group, Minorities and Philosophy (MAP). MAP is a collection of students in English-speaking philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy.

Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation. Through MAP’s network, students can exchange ideas on topics related to minorities and philosophy, meet and support peers, and learn from other philosophy departments. MAP chapters can choose to provide their respective departments with regular feedback on the department climate.

Though the format of MAP varies from school to school, each chapter aims broadly at addressing:

  1. minority issues in the profession,
  2. theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc., and
  3. philosophy done from minority perspectives.

Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias). Once a year, representatives from each participating school meet to discuss their chapter's progress.

In the short term, MAP provides a forum for students to discuss these topics and connect with interested peers. In the long term, we hope that MAP will contribute to improved department cultures and facilitate increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. If you are interested in being involved in MAP-Victoria, please contact us and join our Facebook Page, Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Victoria.