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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.

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.

Paper title New Zealand in the World from the 18th Century
Paper code HIST107
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
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Dr Frances Steel -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Frances Steel
Lecturers: Dr Frances Steel, Professor Angela Wanhalla and Professor Angela McCarthy

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.
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40
A2 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40
A3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40
A4 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40
A5 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40
A6 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-30, 33-34, 39-40