New Zealand in the World, 1350 - 2000

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Zealand in the World, 1350 - 2000

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    New Zealand history from its beginnings in the Polynesian world, to a colony of the global British empire, and to a multicultural nation that now identifies itself as part of the Asia-Pacific region.

    New Zealand was the last landmass to be discovered and colonised by humans and has been made and remade by connections to the Pacific, Britain and Asia and has in turn impacted upon those places. Amongst other things this paper looks at how Polynesian discovery and settlement, cross-cultural encounters, colonisation, war and the emergence of strong central government helped shape the evolution of modern New Zealand. 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.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students 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

    Recommended: A Concise History of New Zealand, by Philippa Mein Smith, 2012.

    In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

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