CULT114-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Te Patu a Maui : The Treaty of Waitangi - facing and overcoming colonisation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Through focus on the themes of Power, Property and Citizenship, this course examines the historical realities of the Treaty, enabling an understanding of the modern colonial nation state and its processes with respect to Indigenous peoples. The course examines Maori responses, engagement with, and resistance to the colonial project leading to a critical understanding of colonialism.

This course challenges some of the dominant narratives about Māori and engages in Māori understandings and knowledges of the formation of modern Aotearoa/New Zealand Society. It will give you an insight into some contemporary debates and challenges that we as a society experience and work our way through.

There are multiple occurrences of this course - an on-campus (C) occurrence and a distance (D) occurrence. Videos of all lectures are available online, and all assessments are submitted online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Increase student’s knowledge of the Treaty as a pivotal event in the creation of New  Zealand  as a society;
  • Gain a broader understanding of the historical, social, cultural, political and cultural implications of the Treaty;
  • Increase student’s knowledge of how colonisation has operated/operates in the New Zealand context;
  • Increase their knowledge of Maori resistance against colonisation;
  • Gain an understanding of how Maori agency continues to be enacted in contemporary times.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


MAOR108, MAOR113 (prior to 2006)

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Garrick Cooper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Questions 20% Due weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10
Letter to Editor 20% Due week 11
Online Test 20% Due week 6
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text book.  However, the following two texts are recommended:

•  Ka’ai, T. M. et. al. (Eds.). (2004) Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society,   Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman. [DU 412.5 .S63 .K46 2004]

(Available: Central Library, level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, Māori collection, level 1.)

•  Walker, R. (2004). Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End (rev. ed.), Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin. [DU 416 .W183 2004]

(Available: Central Library, 3 day loan and level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, 3 day loan.)

The readings for each class will be uploaded onto LEARN (Moodle). I would like to encourage you to think of these readings as a starting point and to seek further literature on and around the issues we cover in class.

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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