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A comprehensive introduction to: the settlement of the Pacific, Polynesian navigation, star paths, renaissance of voyaging. Maori astronomy, new year stars. Creation myths, Skyfather, Earthmother, gods, origins of life and death. Demigods - Maui, Tawhaki,Whaitiri. Oral traditions, first arrivals, canoe ancestors, explorers, romance, sexual imagery, war. Spiritual beliefs, mana, tapu, makutu black magic witchcraft. Maori geography of New Zealand, greenstone trails, forest lore, pa and settlements, meeting houses, sacred rituals and protocols. Social structure, tribal organisation, leadership, marriage, sex, death. Fortifications, warfare, weapons, canoes,cannibalism. Wood, bone, greenstone carving, tattoo and moko. Performing arts, haka, contemporary themes. Ngai Tahu traditions.
The Treaty of Waitangi was the blueprint for the formation of early New Zealand, it has a contested, complex, and rich place in historical and contemporary New Zealand society. If you want to understand the Treaty of Waitangi and contemporary events like 40,000 strong protests, why there are treaty settlements, and whether there really is such a thing as ‘Māori Privilege’; this is a great introductory course that will give you the knowledge and tools to understand the relationship of the Treaty in Māori issues.• At one point the Treaty of Waitangi was legally considered a ‘simple nullity’; something that can be disregarded. What is the significance of the Treaty in building New Zealand society, why was it needed and what authority does it have contemporarily?• Media around Māori Treaty settlements often split the country, challenging a perception of equality. What relationship does the Treaty have towards race relations in past and present New Zealand?• By the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi there were more literate Māori than settlers. By the late 1950s Māori were numerically outnumbered and considered a dying race. What changes occurred in Māori society pre and post signing of the Treaty and why?• What were the effects of assimilation and integration of Māori into a western society and are they still in effect today?• At one point the Crown considered New Zealand too costly to send support for colonisation. What changed and why? What is the basic formula of colonisation, the narratives and goals?The themes in this course include• The relationship between settler and Māori before the Treaty of Waitangi• The Treaty and the transfer of power • Colonisation, narratives about the colonised, and the effect on Māori identity• Māori Spirituality as a political movement of protest• Indigenous autonomy• The Māori renaissance and Treaty settlements• Contemporary issuesCourse Goals• Introduce the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles• Examine the impact of the Treaty on contemporary New Zealand• Investigate colonisation in New Zealand and the impact on Māori and identity• Review Māori political and spiritual response to the TreatyLearning OutcomesStudents will• Openly discuss common understandings of the Treaty, cultural encounters, race relations and stereotypes in an open environment on a pathway to attain considered opinions• Gain introductory knowledge to the Treaty of Waitangi, its principles, and the impact on Māori• Begin to appreciate how the Treaty has shaped New Zealand and race relations• Have a greater understanding of New Zealand historyWhy this Paper?Students taking this paper may be interested in the following career pathways• Policy analyst in Māori and Government organisations• Community development roles especially within Māori and Iwi sectors• Professional social services, education, health sector roles interfacing with Iwi and Māori organisations.• Kaupapa Māori research• Police• legal• LibrarianTransferrable SkillsThis course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills• Critical thinking• Self-awareness• Communication• Indigenous world perspective• Cultural awareness
The course focuses on Māori culture, histories and traditions. The course aims to provide a basic understanding of concepts that establish a Māori world-view; and to provide a comprehensive introductory historical, cultural and social overview of Māori society, using a topic-by-topic approach with regard to the following:1. Polynesian Origins and Navigation2. Astronomy3. Oral Traditions4. Tikanga Māori5. Social Organisation and Structure6. Spiritual Beliefs and Customs7. A Māori Geography of Aotearoa New Zealand8. Environmental Knowledge9. The Symbolism of Land and Meeting Houses10. Warfare, Weapons, and Cannibalism11. Performing Arts12. The Arts of Weaving, Carving and Tattoo13. Leadership14. Ngāi Tahu tribal traditions
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Jess Maclean
Assesment:One:Online quizzes: Due: Week 4, and 8 20% There will be two on-line quizzes posted on LEARN fortnightly relative to the previous weeks lectures and readings. Each quiz will be worth 10% of the total course grade.Two:Take Home Test 1 Due: 25%This test will cover material from Term1. The format of the test will include both short and long answers. The test will be distributed online and students will have 5 days to complete and submit the assessment.Three:Research Exercise: Due 30%The main aim of this task is to find three appropriate resources on the following Māori concepts: Mana - Tapu - UtuStudents must outline and identify the key points of each resource. Further details will be given in week 6. The word count for the assessment is 1,500 words. An essay writing guide is available on LEARN, which will help with formal writing conventions. Four:Take-home Test 2: Due: 25%This test will be an online submission test. The questions will go online at the same time for each student. Each student will then have five days to complete and submit the assessment.The test will focus on material covered in Term 2.
Ki te whaiao : an introduction to Maori culture and society;
Pearson Longman, 2004.
Ka whawhai tonu mātou = Struggle without end;
Grade Scales:Grade GPA MarksA+ 9 90 - 100A 8 85 - 89A- 7 80 - 84B+ 6 75 - 79B 5 70 - 74B- 4 65 - 69C+ 3 60 - 64C 2 55 - 59C- 1 50 - 54D 0 40 - 49E -1 0 - 39
Late PenaltiesLate assignments will receive a 5% of 100% deduction for every day that the assignment is overdue.The purpose of this policy is to ensure that those students who hand their work in on time are not disadvantaged
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
Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.