University Lecture Series

What are University lecture Courses?


Our University Lecture Course Programme gives participants the opportunity to attend regular lectures in a selection of courses, alongside enrolled students as an observer. Please note that you are not eligible to attend tutorials, take part in assessments, sit exams and will not have access to online course material. This is a no-stress learning opportunity. Find more information here. 

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University Lecture Course 2024:


Semester One 2024:

Semester One 2024 courses run from Monday 26 February until Friday 31 May 2024, and includes a two-week mid-semester break from Friday 29 March – Friday 12 April. There are no classes during the mid-semester break.


REGISTER HERE for Semester One 2024

* Registrations close 22nd February 2024

Semester Two 2024:

Semester Two 2024 courses run from Monday 15 July until Friday 18 October 2024, and include a two-week mid-semester break from Monday 26 August –  Friday 6 September. There are no classes during the mid-semester break.

Course List Semester One 2024:

HISTORY 103 - Global History

It is only since the fifteenth century that a truly global dimension to history can be identified. This course examines key determinants that have bound the fate of peoples together including the emergence of world trade networks, the growth of world religions, the spread of epidemic diseases, the formation of empires, and the migration of peoples across continents.

Lecturer: Joseph Zizek

Monday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MUS 149 - Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

An introduction to New Zealand’s home-grown popular music, from the 1950s to the present day. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored.

Lecturer: Aleisha Ward

Tuesday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

THEOREL 223 - How People Became Things: Christianity, Colonisation and Race

An exploration of theological and religious ideas that supported colonisation and contributed to a wider transformation of identity, land and economics. Students will learn about some of the ideas and beliefs that were integral to the progression of colonialism, as well as the role of religion in various forms of resistance.

Lecturer: Michael Mawson

Wednesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

MUS 144 - Turning Points in Western Music

A study of significant people, major discoveries and inventions, and key factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were important agents of change in Western music. No previous knowledge of music is assumed.

Lecturers: Gregory Camp

Monday 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

MARINE100 - The Oceans Around Us

 (w12A multidisciplinary approach to understanding the importance of our oceans in terms of natural processes and human uses and values. It includes an understanding of the physical and biological processes in the ocean and how they are addressed through ocean management in New Zealand and internationally, allowing informed debate about the future of the ocean realm.

Lecturer: Andrew Jeffs 

Monday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Weekly)

Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 am & 3:00pm – 4:00pm (Fortnightly) 

MUS 243 - Music in Society

The study of music and text in society using a wide-angled lens to explore how it can be intertwined with issues of politics, gender, religion, race, psychology and class. Examples will include music and text in diverse genres and from various places.

Lecturers: Nancy November

Monday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm