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HIST234 Crime, Shame and Scandal in New Zealand

How the idea of 'reputation' changed between 1800 and 2000, and how public scandal and private shame reinforced particular social values.

By exploring the various ways in which behaviour was policed through the law, public scandal and private shame, students will learn about the shaping of cultural norms. The paper will analyse how reputations were made and broken through a series of case studies examining the intersection between public and private life, from missionary scandals in the early 19th century through to the issue of national shame explored through the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand.

Paper title Crime, Shame and Scandal in New Zealand
Paper code HIST234
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with HIST231 passed in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Teaching staff
Dr Jane Adams
Course materials will be made electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of how values are shaped by time and how historical forces lead to a change in values
  • Have the ability to write a research report based upon primary sources

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system