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Beginning with the Treaty of Waitangi, this course looks at significant events and issues in the shaping of contemporary New Zealand society. The course will explore issues ranging from early Pakeha settlement, the Treaty of Waitangi, colonisation, the NZ wars through to Maori activism, Treaty settlements and claims to self-determination.
This course challenges some of the dominant narratives about Māori and engages in Māori understandings and knowledges of the formation of modern Aotearoa/New Zealand Society. It will give you an insight into some contemporary debates and challenges that we as a society experience and work our way through.There are multiple occurrences of this course - an on-campus (C) occurrence and a distance (D) occurrence. Videos of all lectures are available online, and all assessments are submitted online.
Learning OutcomesIncrease student’s knowledge of the Treaty as a pivotal event in the creation of New Zealand as a society;Gain a broader understanding of the historical, social, cultural, political and cultural implications of the Treaty;Increase student’s knowledge of how colonisation has operated/operates in the New Zealand context;Increase their knowledge of Maori resistance against colonisation;Gain an understanding of how Maori agency continues to be enacted in contemporary times.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
MAOR108, MAOR113 (prior to 2006)
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department
There is no required text book. However, the following two texts are recommended:• Ka’ai, T. M. et. al. (Eds.). (2004) Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society, Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman. [DU 412.5 .S63 .K46 2004](Available: Central Library, level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, Māori collection, level 1.)• Walker, R. (2004). Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End (rev. ed.), Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin. [DU 416 .W183 2004](Available: Central Library, 3 day loan and level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, 3 day loan.)The readings for each class will be uploaded onto LEARN (Moodle). I would like to encourage you to think of these readings as a starting point and to seek further literature on and around the issues we cover in class.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.