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EDUC401 Education in Historical Perspective

An introduction to the principles and practice of education history, with a comparative focus on New Zealand and other Western contexts informed by social, cultural, gender and transnational histories.

This paper focuses on the development of education in New Zealand and compares this with education in its wider Western setting. These contexts will be set within wider trends, issues and methods of historical scholarship.

Paper content will cover:

  • Historical evolution of Western education
  • 19th- and 20th-century New Zealand education
  • Issues of historical practice and methodology
  • Selected themes: gender and access; imperial pedagogies; education and religion; the influence of culture, race and class; education and the state; globalisation; historical representations on film

Paper title Education in Historical Perspective
Paper code EDUC401
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Hugh Morrison

Teaching Arrangements

This is an online distance learning paper.


No required textbooks

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Critically examine the literature on selected topics in the history of education in 19th- and 20th-century New Zealand
  • Locate and understand New Zealand's educational history within wider contexts of historiography and international research
  • Locate and effectively utilise an appropriate range of primary and secondary sources
  • Design, research, present and write up a research essay on a specialised area of New Zealand's educational history
  • Analyse and critique the interplay of social, cultural, political, religious and economic factors shaping the historical development of national systems of education

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system