University Lecture Series

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.

Semester 1 2023

Kia ora,

We are confirming places with individuals who have expressed interest in the Semester 1 2023 University Lecture Courses. Due to limited capacity, spaces will be offered in the order in which expressions of interest were made.

These courses run from 27th February until 2nd June 2023 and include a two-week mid-semester break from 12th April – 21st April. There are no classes during the mid-semester break.

Registration is closed for semester one ULC courses.

ANCIENT 102 - Ancient Greek History

An introduction to Greek history and civilisation from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great utilising both archaeological evidence and literary sources.


Tuesday 10am – 11am. Engineering Block 5, Room 470

Wednesday, 3pm – 4pm. Owen G Glenn, Room 092

Course instructor:

Jeremy Armstrong

Registration closed for this semester ULC course. 

ANTHRO 107 - The Human-made Planet?

How have humans have come to dominate the planet? Explores hominin history, relationships with other organisms, urbanisation and globalisation, and the rise of the capitalocene. Where to from here? As humankind imagines and embraces sustainable, resilient futures, anthropology offers critical perspectives on diverse ways of being, non-western worldviews, complex bio-social interactions, and pathways to deeper socio-natural connectivities.


Monday  4:00PM – 5: 00PM, Biology Building 106, Room 100

Wednesday 4:00PM – 5: 00PM, Biology Building 106, Room 100


Ethan Cochrane

Registration closed for this semester ULC course. 

ASTRO 100G - Planets, Stars and Galaxies

The story of our place in the Universe. Key topics are the exploration of the solar system, searches for planets around other stars, the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies, high-energy astrophysics, and the origin and overall properties of the Universe. No background in physics or mathematics is assumed.


Mondays  10:00 – 11:00 | Science Building, Room 303 – G20

Tuesday 10:00 – 11:00 | Science Building, Room 303 – G20

Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 | Science Building, Room 303 – G20


Richard Easther, Petra Tang and Emily Kendall

Registration closed for this semester ULC course. 

GENDER 101G: Gender: Global and Local

How do gender identity, difference and politics shape our sense of who we are, and our social and political worlds?  In this course we will explore the fundamental issues that gender studies reveals for us:  the difference between sex and gender; the meaning and significance of identity and difference; how we think about sexualities; the influence of concepts like ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ and how these are embodied and represented in social and political life, in person and online.  We’ll examine gender as it’s mobilized in social and political movements, both national and global, and as it’s expressed in the media and in popular culture.  We’ll also look at the ways in which gender shapes our understanding of history and our reading of literary texts, and at social issues like the division of labour and sexual violence.  Finally, we’ll explore the ways in which thinking about gender has changed over the past half a century, and continues to change today.  Guest lecturers expert on these topics will help us navigate them and understand what is at stake.

This interdisciplinary course is suitable for all students with an interest in exploring the meaning and significance of gender.  It will equip you for more advanced courses in gender studies, but also for further study in the social sciences, humanities and law.


Wednesday 13:00 – 15:00 | Sir Owen G Glenn Building, Room 260-092


Kirsten Zemke

Registration closed for this semester ULC course.