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MAOR414 He Pūkōrero - Theory and Research Methodologies

Introduces theory and research methodologies by Māori, Pacific, Indigenous and Western intellectuals. Includes applied practicums introducing students to culturally appropriate research within Indigenous communities.

If this paper is not offered in the year you wish to enrol,students are recommended to enrol in INGS501 instead.

This paper will introduce students to ideas, issues, debates and theoretical paradigms relevant to Māori, Pacific and Indigenous peoples drawn from a number of academic disciplines. It aims to develop the ability of students to engage with theory and to inspire critical research covering a range of research epistemologies, which will inspire future research in the Māori, Pacific and Indigenous domain.

Paper title He Pūkōrero - Theory and Research Methodologies
Paper code MAOR414
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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To be advised next time this paper is offered.

Paper Structure
100% internally assessed
Teaching Arrangements
There will be two 2-hour seminar classes each week: a seminar class and practical work. The Seminar class will discuss a selection of weekly readings. The practical class will focus on various practical research-related tasks (e.g. undertaking mock proposal oral presentations, visiting research libraries such as the Hocken, practising reading and transcribing hand-written archival documents and filling in mock ethics Category A forms).

Examples of primary sources available at the Hocken Library:

  • A Church Missionary Society journal for a selected missionary (one of William Hall, John King, John Butler, James Kemp, Thomas Kendall, Richard Davis, George Clarke, Samuel Marsden, James Hamlin) (Hocken).
  • London Missionary Society Papers (microfilm, Hocken) [Pacific Islands].
  • Māori Newspapers.
  • Māori or Pacific content in the British Parliamentary Papers, Appendices to the Journal of the House of Representatives or New Zealand Parliamentary Debates.
  • Māori Land Court Minute Books (Hocken).
  • The Ancient History of the Māori, by John White.
  • Edward Shortland Papers (Hocken).
  • James Herries Beattie Papers (Hocken).
  • Reverend Henry Williams Papers (Hocken).
  • A Pacific manuscript, newspaper or microfilmed material at the Hocken.
  • Native Land Court Minute books.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and debate ideas, issues and research paradigms relevant to colonised peoples drawn from a number of academic disciplines
  • Engage with a number of research epistemologies relevant to the Māori, Pacific and Indigenous domain
  • Acquire skills of analysis and presentation of information, both orally and in writing
  • Undertake research and provide appropriate discussions and analysis of the results
  • Demonstrate an ability to prepare and present a research proposal in class

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system