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HIST333 Special Topic: Creating Kiwi Families: Historical and Legal Perspectives from 1830

Examination of the extraordinary transformation in New Zealand family forms from 1830 to today. How these changes occurred and the role of the law in shaping these transformations.

Topics we will consider include the shift from 'natural' reproduction to medically-assisted reproduction ('test-tube babies'); childlessness and adoption; controlling and enhancing fertility; debates over 'ideal' parents; and shifting meanings and regulation of parenthood, ranging from the dominant Pākehā nuclear family model to same sex and single parent-led families in the twenty first century.

Using a range of sources, including media stories and case law, students will develop a rich understanding of the range of family forms across New Zealand's history.

Paper title Special Topic: Creating Kiwi Families: Historical and Legal Perspectives from 1830
Paper code HIST333
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
HIST 230
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited with HIST 230 when taken with the same content.
Teaching staff
Dr Jane Adams
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Course materials will be made available electronically.
Learning Outcomes
To be advised.

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 2-7
Thursday 11:00-12:50 2-7


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 3-7