HIST243-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Kiwi Culture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


This course explores the invention of kiwi culture from first Maori contact with Europeans to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Key questions asked are: How has national identity formed? What kiwi traditions have emerged? Who is a New Zealander and who is excluded from dominant concepts of nation? What aspects of culture are indigenous and how much is copied from overseas? Topics under examination include key defining moments, peacekeeping, sport and leisure, food, beauty, fashion, arts and crafts, literature and music, kiwi icons, kiwiana, overseas fame, sexuality and morality, environmentalism, national disasters, immigration and multiculturalism.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will:
  • become familiar with some of the main events and trends in New Zealand’s past;
  • develop a broad background knowledge that will assist you in your study of New Zealand
    history at higher levels, and;
  • demonstrate knowledge of major pieces of historical writing (historiography).

    Upon completing this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a range of knowledge on questions about Kiwi Culture and New Zealand exceptionalism;
  • a broad understanding of the historiography and to be able to engage with central historiographical debates about New Zealand history and culture, and;
  • a critical understanding of what is meant by 'Kiwi Culture,' in relation to New Zealand's cultural roots and national identity.
    • 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.

      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.


Either 15 points in HIST at B grade or better or 30 points in HIST or Ancient History (CLAS111, CLAS112) with a passing grade. Alternatively, a B average in 60 points.


Course Coordinator

Rowan Light


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
First essay 27 Apr 2018 25% Research on a selected topic - 1500 words
Second essay (1,500 words) 01 Jun 2018 25% Research on a selected topic - 1500 words
Final exam 50% Two hours

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* 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 .

All HIST243 Occurrences

  • HIST243-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018