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This course is taught in Te Reo Maori. It will enable teachers and educators to gain a sound knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi, its role in the history of New Zealand and its implications for theory and practice in learning communities today. In the course students will select a nominated area of study which will enable them to align Maori and bicultural principles to current policies and practices. Students will critically analyse the context of their practice and prepare a strategic plan which meets the needs of Maori and non-Maori in relation to the treaty partnership in their educational settings.
By the end of this course participants will be able to Describe Māori origins and how bioregional variations have informed the formation of a plethora of Māori social structures, epistemologies and tribal histories. Relate this diversity to contemporary public discourses about Māori identity and explain why this diversity of lived experiences, within te ao Māori, should inform planning processes and the delivery of educational programmes; Identify and critique key historical events, policies, figures, ideological forces and institutions (in multiple contextual settings) which prompted rangatira to sign, or refuse to sign, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840); Analyse how, following the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, various events, policies, figures, ideological forces and institutions contributed to a decline in the status of mātauranga, te reo and tikanga (within the Ngāi Tahu rohe and elsewhere). Draw international parallels where applicable; Identify and debate the strengths and limitations of the Treaty claims settlements process (while considering recent international developments in indigenous peoples’ education and human rights) and determine the contemporary and future implications of the Treaty settlements process for New Zealand education providers; In relation to local, national and international trends, identify, critique and debate the strengths and limitations of contemporary education policies, e.g. Memorandums of understanding between Iwi and the Crown, Crown education policies, Iwi strategic plans, curriculum guideline documents and international declarations/laws etc, which require education providers to give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi; Apply what has been learned during this course to develop a strategic plan informed by theory and research. This plan will generate a series of actions that align with the principles of Te Tiriti and give meaningful effect to the aspirations of course participants’ local Ngāi Tahu hapū, mātāwaka (and/or the aspirations of Māori social groupings located elsewhere).
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Carrington, A. H.1895-1947. et al;
Ngāi Tahu : a migration history : the Carrington text;
Bridget Williams Books ;Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, 2008.
The Ngāi Tahu deeds : a window on New Zealand history;
Canterbury University Press, 2006.
Hill, Richard S. , O'Malley, Vincent, Stout Research Centre (Wellington, N.Z.);
The Māori quest for rangatiratanga/autonomy, 1840-2000;
Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, 2000.
Howe, K. R;
The quest for origins : who first discovered and settled New Zealand and the Pacific islands?;
An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi;
Bridget Williams Books, 2004.
Smith, Linda Tuhiwai,1950-;
Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples;
Zed Books ;University of Otago Press, 1999.
An unsettled history : Treaty claims in New Zealand today;
Bridget Williams Books, 1999.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
All assignments must be completed and achieve a pass grade. These assignments may not have been submitted for credit in any other course or qualification.
As this course is based on a collaborative learning and teaching model prepared participation by the student will be essential to meet the requirements of this course.
Internal and external moderation will be consistent with the Master of Education degree Moderation Action Plan that is approved annually by the Postgraduate Board of Studies
Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Failure to submit work by the due date will result in the award of an E grade for that assignment.
This course will be taught in the medium of the Māori langauge
Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the relevant lecturer in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail.
Resubmissions of assignments will only be permitted once for each assignment. All assessments to be written in te reo and edited prior to submission and prior to the due date.
Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:(a) they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:i. which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; orii. which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course; or(b) i. they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; orii. they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.Please note that applications must be supported by evidence. Further details are available at the above link.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines. (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email email@example.com, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.
Domestic fee $1,811.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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