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HIST107 New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century

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.

New Zealand was the last landmass to be discovered and colonised by humans and has been made and remade by connections to the Pacific, Britain and Asia and has in turn impacted upon those places. Amongst other things this paper looks at Māori society, cross-cultural encounters, settler colonialism, wars and the emergence of strong central government helped shape the evolution of modern New Zealand.

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, psychology, politics, anthropology, marketing, sociology, physical education, Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, and English.

This paper is 100% internally assessed.

Paper title New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century
Paper code HIST107
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Professor Barbara Brookes

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

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students 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

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A2 Monday 12:00-12:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A4 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A5 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A6 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21
A7 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10, 12-13, 15, 19, 21