HIST243-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Kiwi Culture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Course Coordinator

Katie Pickles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 01 Apr 2021 30% 1500 words
Essay 2 04 Jun 2021 30% 1500 words
Take home test 16 Jun 2021 40% 3000 words. Due 14 - 16th June.

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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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  • HIST243-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021