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    Indigenous experience of settler colonialism in Aotearoa and Australia is different and dismally similar. Using critical and decolonial theory we examine the politics of Māori and Australian Aboriginal peoples.

    Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of settler colonialism is both very different and dismally similar.

    In this course we will discuss the philosophic and political fictions that underwrote colonialism and the theft of land, waters, seas, and associated life forms, and framed the deliberate attempts to suppress Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics, knowledge systems, philosophies, culture and spirituality. We then track the course of cultural and political resurgance over the 20th and early 21st century. Throughout the course we will use critical race and decolonial theory to analyse the differences and similarities of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealander experiences of settler colonialism and ask: Are Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand really post-colonial states?

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Settler State Politics in Aotearoa and Australia
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.1500
    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.
    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Dr Christine Winter


    Readings will be available on eReserve via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to:

    • Identify the key features of settler colonialism and its persistent affects in Indigenous people in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia;
    • Identify the underlying philosophic and political structures that validated claims to lands that were already settled with well established governance structures;
    • Trace key moments in Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori political activism and movements since British settlement;
    • Understand the role of critical race, decolonial and anticolonial theories as lenses of analysis.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


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    Attend one stream from
    A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 16-21
    A2 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-12, 16-21
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