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HIST234 Crime, Shame and Scandal in New Zealand

How the idea of 'reputation' changed between 1800 and 2000, and how public scandal and private shame reinforced particular social values.

By exploring the various ways in which behaviour was policed through the law, public scandal and private shame, students will learn about the shaping of cultural norms. The paper will analyse how reputations were made and broken through a series of case studies examining the intersection between public and private life, from divorce scandals in the 19th century to national shame, capital punishment, and wrongful convictions.

Paper title Crime, Shame and Scandal in New Zealand
Paper code HIST234
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with HIST231 passed in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Professor Angela Wanhalla -

Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer:  Professor Angela Wanhalla

Course materials will be made electronically.
Course outline

Available via Blackboard.

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

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of how values are shaped by time and how historical forces lead to a change in values
  • Have the ability to write a research report based upon primary sources

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-14
A2 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-14
A3 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10-14
A4 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-14