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POLS319 Treaty Politics

Examines fundamental and topical Treaty of Waitangi issues. Includes analysis of the Treaty Settlement process; investigation of the partners ‘Crown’ and ‘Māori’; and considers the implications of constitutional reforms for Māori.

The Treaty of Waitangi is an important and debated aspect of New Zealand politics. Knowledge of the Treaty and its implications is valuable for anyone living and working in New Zealand. This paper looks at contemporary issues such as the constitution, representation, freshwater management and social policy and considers these in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Paper title Treaty Politics
Paper code POLS319
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Professor Janine Hayward
Paper Structure

The paper addresses five Treaty topics: settlements and breaches; the constitution; parliamentary representation; water management and ownership and social policy.

Teaching Arrangements

The paper is taught through lectures and self-directed student learning carried out through structured group discussions.


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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and its historic context, and the ability to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues to critically assess the Treaty implications of those issues.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-14:50 10-14, 16-22