Introduction to New Zealand History

AUT University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to New Zealand History

  • Host University

    AUT University

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Indigenous Studies, New Zealand Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This paper aims to develop students’ awareness and general knowledge of New Zealand’s history, and of major trends in the nation’s development. Obviously, this is an ambitious task, especially considering the enormous quantity of literature that has been produced on almost all aspects of the topic, and because of the varying opinions on many of the topics. Introduction to New Zealand History has been designed to allow students to explore certain topics and to develop their own informed opinion on them.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this paper the student will be able to:
    •    Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of history-based research methods
    •    Demonstrate competence in academic writing
    •    Display a knowledge of the main events in the formation of New Zealand's nationhood.
    •    Show awareness of at least five of the seminal events in New Zealand's development
    •    Demonstrate an awareness of the literature pertaining to these events
    •    Assess the importance of nineteenth-century European colonisation on the country
    •    Display an awareness of the rise and workings of the welfare state
    •    Demonstrate an awareness of significance of the World Wars and the Korean War on the country.
    •    Discuss the role of Maori in New Zealand in the twentieth century
    •    Evaluate the role of events such as the 1981 Springbok Tour and the 1985 Rainbow Warrior sinking to New Zealand’s changing place in the world.

    Students will be assessed on their ability to:  
    •    Identify key episodes and themes in New Zealand’s national evolution.
    •    Evaluate historiographical issues relating to particular episodes in New Zealand history.
    •    Present an assessment of historical events and themes in an essay format.

    Milestones in nationhood, pre-European Maori Society, the colonial period, the early twentieth century, and contemporary themes.


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