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This course explores the invention of kiwi culture from first Maori contact with Europeans to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Key questions asked are: How has national identity formed? What kiwi traditions have emerged? Who is a New Zealander and who is excluded from dominant concepts of nation? What aspects of culture are indigenous and how much is copied from overseas? Topics under examination include key defining moments, peacekeeping, sport and leisure, food, beauty, fashion, arts and crafts, literature and music, kiwi icons, kiwiana, overseas fame, sexuality and morality, environmentalism, national disasters, immigration and multiculturalism.
You will:become familiar with some of the main events and trends in New Zealand’s past;develop a broad background knowledge that will assist you in your study of New Zealandhistory at higher levels, and;demonstrate knowledge of major pieces of historical writing (historiography).Upon completing this course you will be able to demonstrate: a range of knowledge on questions about Kiwi Culture and New Zealand exceptionalism; a broad understanding of the historiography and to be able to engage with central historiographical debates about New Zealand history and culture, and; a critical understanding of what is meant by 'Kiwi Culture,' in relation to New Zealand's cultural roots and national identity.
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.
Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST orCLAS120, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.