Rethinking New Zealand History

Introduction to the key issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand history, while challenging you to examine some of your assumptions or preconceptions about New Zealand history.

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Course outline

Haere mai! Whaowhia te kete mātauranga! (Welcome! Fill your basket with knowledge!)

This course will introduce you to key issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand history. We have called the course “Rethinking New Zealand history” because, while it is intended as an introduction to Aotearoa/New Zealand’s social, cultural, economic and political history, we also hope to challenge you to examine some of your assumptions or preconceptions about New Zealand history.

For instance, was New Zealand “discovered”’? Was the nineteenth century a time of settlement or conquest? Was New Zealand a “social laboratory”, a world leader in social policy? Was New Zealand a place where rugby was always king? Was it a family paradise, the most British of all Britain’s colonies, a country of equal citizens?

Reviewing our history over the past hundred years gives us a greater sense of our own identity as a nation and of our place in the world. The course is organised thematically and you will be introduced to different historians’ interpretations of past events.

Terms & Conditions

This programme gives you 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 for exams and will not have access to course material online.

You will be provided with a course outline to keep you up to date with the topics discussed in class every week. This is a no-stress learning opportunity.


  • 12 weeks, 5 March – 6 June 2019, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3pm
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Dr Felicity Barnes

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