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    Empires and colonisation were potent forces that shaped the modern world. This paper critically examines how these processes operated in New Zealand, assessing how they reshaped environments, communities, forms of economic organisation and social life. The interplay between cultural difference and power will be at the heart of the course: class, religion and gender as well as race will be key issues. Students will use a diverse array of primary source material, engage with a range of analytical methods, and assess a number of key scholarly debates in order to evaluate empire and colonisation, their power, their limits, and their legacies.

    About this paper

    Paper title A Topic in New Zealand History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Pre or Corequisite
    48 300-level HIST points

    Professor Tony Ballantyne -

    Teaching staff

    Coordinator and Lecturer: Professor Tony Ballantyne

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via seminars.

    Course material will be made available electronically.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate different types of primary source material, how to use those sources to build historical arguments, and to critically assess the interpretations forwarded by researchers working in a range of traditions
    • Have developed an understanding of the range of processes involved in the imperial intrusion into the Pacific and colonisation of New Zealand, and their variation in space and time
    • Be able to interpret the colonisation of New Zealand in a range of contexts, including the development of te ao Māori, European imperial activity in the Pacific, and the operation of the British empire
    • Be able to think about the nature of cultural difference, assessing the interplay between class, gender, religion and race and thinking through how these forms of understanding of human difference interacted with the social framework of te ao Māori


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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