HIST294-23SU1 (C) Summer Jan 2023 start

Recovering Christchurch 1850-2010

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 9 January 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 February 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 15 January 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 January 2023


As a systematically planned new world city on the edge of empire Christchurch has always been a fascinating place to study. Whose stories have formed the city's written collective memory, and what has been left out? Due to the earthquakes from 2010 the city has a unique rupture, or ending point for its colonial past. As Christchurch considers its future, this course critically remembers its history. Significant aspects of the social, cultural, political and economic history of the South Island's largest city will be investigated through a series of lectures and documentary exercises. Students will gain an overall knowledge of the city's urban history, with opportunity to focus on advanced research topics.

Designed especially for summer school, this enthusiastic, interdisciplinary course covers the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental history of the South Island's largest city. It digs up Christchurch's dark gothic past, radical reformers and other buried treasures. It draws upon the latest scholarship on environment, landscape, culture, oral history, urban archaeology and historical geography. Students will gain a comprehensive and wide-ranging knowledge of the city's urban history. Its hands-on, applied approach teaches valuable research and writing skills that will help with all university study. This is a useful course for those interested in gaining practical skills in cultural heritage and potentially working across the public sector from park rangers to politicians, and as teachers, and in museums, libraries and archives. Experienced leading urban archaeologist Dr Katharine Watson will be along teaching. Timetabled for two, three-hour sessions a week, students can really get immersed in the topic for each session. Rather than being traditional lectures, each session involves a topic briefing, a primary source exercise and a secondary reading. Assessment is through primary sources exercises and an end of course open-book test.


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


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612 9 Jan - 12 Feb
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612 9 Jan - 12 Feb

Course Coordinator

Katie Pickles

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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities .

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