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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.

    Aotearoa 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. Taking a global as well as national perspective, HIST 107 aims to bust myths, puncture preconceptions, and extend existing knowledge of New Zealand’s past and present. It explores how the global forces of imperialism, colonisation, migration, capitalism and conflict have shaped modern New Zealand and its place in the world. We pay particular attention to Māori and settler societies, migrations and explorations, cross-cultural passions and tensions, conflicts and wars, and social, environmental and political movements 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Associate Professor Frances Steel -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Frances Steel


    Professor Angela Wanhalla

    Professor Angela McCarthy

    Associate Professor Frances Steel

    Teaching Arrangements

    This is a team taught paper.


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

    In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

    Course outline

    Available on Blackboard.

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


    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, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
    A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
    A3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
    A4 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
    A5 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
    A6 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-11, 15-16, 19-20
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