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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
Assessment: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 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: 30%The main aim of this task is to find three appropriate resources on the following Māori concepts: Mana - Tapu - Utu students must outline and identify the key points of each resource. 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. You must research the topic you have chosen and provide a minimum of five appropriate sources of information (for example: you may choose to use 2 books and 3 journal articles).Four:Take-home Test 2: 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.
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.
ExtensionsExtensions for assignments and tests are by negotiation with the lecturer.
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
Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies