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    An investigation of the Māori religious worldview and Māori engagement with Christianity.

    This paper explores Māori theology and religion from the period prior to colonisation and through Māori encounters with and adaptations of Christianity.

    About this paper

    Paper title Māori Theology and Religion (Advanced)
    Subject Christian Thought and History
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level points
    CHTH 236
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology
    May not be credited with CHTH 217 or CHTH 317 taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022.

    Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an exploration of what can be said about God and of the basis upon which we can say it. It requires an inquiring mind, respect for the views of others and an interest in the big questions of human existence.

    Enrolments for this paper are limited and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.


    Professor Murray Rae:

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator : Professor Murray Rae

    Lecturers: Professor Murray Rae and guest presenters.

    Paper Structure

    This is a one week intensive course held at the Ohope Marae from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July inclusive. There will be no additional costs to students for staying at the marae, but students will be expected to fund their own travel to/from the marae.

    1. Module One: Mātauranga Māori
    2. Module Two: The Missionary Era
    3. Module Three: Māori Prophets and Indigenous Churches
    4. Module Four: Blended Wisdom. Theological themes and trends


    • Short Essay (30%)
    • Major Research Essay (50%)
    • Journal (20%)
    Teaching Arrangements

    The teaching programme for the paper is through a five-day residential intensive at Ōhope marae, near Whakatāne in the Bay of Plenty. Students will be accommodated in the wharenui and classes will be held in the wharekai (dining room) with reflection sessions also taking place in the wharenui. Wifi is also available at the marae. There will be no additional costs to students for staying at the marae, but students will be expected to fund their own travel to the marae.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper

    Course outline

    Course outline

    CHTH236 & CHTH336 Course Outlines

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Information literacy, Environmental literacy, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    1. Show familiarity with traditional Māori religious thought and practice.
    2. Understand the historical threads of engagement between Māori and Christian missionaries and develop the capacity to critically analyse the impact and consequences of that engagement.
    3. Be able to offer an informed account of selected Māori adaptations of Christianity, particularly those associated with the Māori prophets.
    4. Develop understanding of the distinct insight and enrichment of Christian theology brought about through the influence of mātuaranga and kaupapa Māori.
    5. Develop the capacity to recognise and articulate the ways in which engagement with Māori theology and religion facilitates a constructive critique of the Western theological tradition.


    Semester 2

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


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-19:50 27
    Tuesday 09:00-19:50 27
    Wednesday 09:00-19:50 27
    Thursday 09:00-19:50 27
    Friday 09:00-12:50 27
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