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HIST107 New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century

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New Zealand history in a global perspective: the way forces of imperialism, colonisation, capitalism and racial conflict have shaped modern New Zealand and its place in the world.

New Zealand was the last landmass to be settled by humans and has been made and remade by connections to the Pacific, British and Asian worlds and has in turn influenced those places. Amongst other things this paper looks at Māori society, cross-cultural encounters, migrations, settler colonialism, wars, social movements and political revolutions in shaping New Zealand's modern identity.

As well as spanning New Zealand's human history, this paper introduces students to key concepts and conventions used by historians. These analytical and communication skills are highly regarded and extremely transferable, which helps explain why History graduates are found in diverse professions.

The paper is essential for students who major in History, and it also complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including Law, Geography, Psychology, Politics, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, Criminology, Religion, Education, Sociology, Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Tourism and English.

This paper is 100% internally assessed.

Paper title New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century
Paper code HIST107
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Schedule C
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Teaching staff

Coordinator: Professor Angela McCarthy
Lecturers: Professor Angela McCarthy
Dr Frances Steel
Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla


Recommended: A Concise History of New Zealand, by Philippa Mein Smith, 2012.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Gain an understanding of key events, personalities and trends over the span of New Zealand's human history
  • Be introduced to central concepts that historians use to frame, communicate and debate this past

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
A2 Monday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
A3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
A4 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
A5 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
A6 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20