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HIST333 Special Topic: Creating Kiwi Families: Historical and Legal Perspectives from 1830

Examination of the extraordinary transformation in New Zealand family forms from 1830 to today. How these changes occurred and the role of the law in shaping these transformations.

Topics we will consider include shifts from ‘natural’ reproduction to medically-assisted reproduction and fertility regulation; childlessness and adoption, debates over ‘ideal’ parents and shifting means of promoting, managing, or constraining parenthood. We ask how the law has shaped the social history of family in New Zealand, ranging from the dominant Pākehā nuclear family model to single parent-led and same-sex families in the twenty-first century.

Using a range of sources, including media stories and case law, students will develop a rich understanding of the range of family forms across New Zealand's history.

Paper title Special Topic: Creating Kiwi Families: Historical and Legal Perspectives from 1830
Paper code HIST333
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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36 200-level points
HIST 230
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited with HIST230 when taken with the same content.

Teaching staff

Violeta Gilabert


Course materials will be made available electronically.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

To be advised.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system