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HIST244 New Zealand Society and Religion

The religions of New Zealanders and their social, cultural and political impact.

This paper surveys the religious and secular history of New Zealand from the pre-European Māori world to the rise of Destiny Church during the 1990s. Themes include Māori prophets and religious movements; race, class and gender; war and peace; science and religion; freethinkers, atheists and agnostics; secularisation since the 1960s. The aim of the paper is to understand how and why New Zealand society shaped and was shaped by the religious and secular beliefs and practices of its inhabitants.

Paper title New Zealand Society and Religion
Paper code HIST244
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Restriction
HIST 308
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

john.stenhouse@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Associate Professor John Stenhouse

Textbooks

Recommended:

Allan K. Davidson, Christianity in Aotearoa: a history of church and society in New Zealand, 3rd edition, (Wellington, 2004)

Allan K. Davidson and Peter Lineham, eds, Transplanted Christianity: Documents illustrating aspects of New Zealand church history, 3rd edition (Palmerston North, 1995)

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Gain an understanding of how and why the inhabitants of New Zealand have changed and adapted their religious beliefs and behaviours from the early 19th century to today
  • Learn to engage with lively debates in the international secondary literature and to assess differing historical interpretations from critical interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 15:00-15:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20
A3 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20