Courses - Faculty of Arts


History

Stage I

HISTORY 102
15 Points

Sexual Histories: Western Sexualities from Medieval to Modern Times

The shifting meanings, languages and practices of hetero- and homosexualities using examples from the USA and Europe. Topics include: origins and development in early Christian ideologies, images of the body, gender, reproduction and marriage in sexuality, homosexual identities, Victorian ideologies and behaviour, changing discourses of pornography, the modern privileging of sex and the impact of AIDS.

HISTORY 103
15 Points

HISTORY 103G
15 Points

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.

HISTORY 104
15 Points

Pacific History: An Introduction

A survey of the history of the Pacific from 1000 to the present. Includes indigenous histories, colonisation and post-colonisation, cross-cultural encounters, warfare, and environmental change.

HISTORY 107
15 Points

Rethinking New Zealand History

A wide-ranging introduction to New Zealand's past emphasising the contested and contestable turning points that define its history. A broad range of nineteenth and twentieth century topics will be canvassed using insights drawn from political, economic, social and cultural history.

Restriction: HISTORY 122, 123

HISTORY 108
15 Points

Rise and Fall of the USA

Examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on the making and remaking of American identity, the promises and paradoxes of American freedom, struggles for justice, and the sources and implications of US power in global perspective.

Restriction: HISTORY 105

Stage II

HISTORY 205
15 Points

Bloodlands: Global Warfare

Asks historical questions about warfare in the modern era. Analyses conflicts and state violence and their impacts on people and their governments in a global setting. Themes include: the causes, course and consequences of warfare; restraint in warfare; ideologies of war and peace; civil war and revolution; imperial warfare; genocide; the human impact and context of war.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed or 30 points at Stage I in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: HISTORY 309

HISTORY 206
15 Points

Making Sex: Modern Histories of Sex

The terms heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, sadist, masochist – indeed sexuality itself – all date from the nineteenth century, the era of sexology. Using examples from the USA and Europe, this course explores the formation of modern sexualities in the period from the nineteenth century onwards, with particular focus on the construction of homosexual and heterosexual identities and the modern privileging of sex.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 306

HISTORY 208
15 Points

African-American Freedom Struggles: USA 1900-2000

An examination of the experience of African Americans during the 'long civil rights movement' of the twentieth century, emphasising the depth and breadth of Black oppositional spirit and activity, the achievements, and remaining challenges.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed, or HISTORY 103 and 30 points passed in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: HISTORY 308

HISTORY 210
15 Points

Health, Medicine and Society

Examines the rise of modern Western medicine since 1850 and its impact, with a particular emphasis on Britain and its colonies. Topics include public health, hospitals, nursing, psychiatry, sexual health, reproductive health, child health, tuberculosis, medicine and war, and alternative medicines.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed, or SOCSCIPH 200 and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 367

HISTORY 213
15 Points

Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

An overview of modern Chinese history (late nineteenth century to around 1980), using the life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976) as a jumping-off point for discussions of Chinese political and cultural history. Topics include: the fall of the Qing dynasty, Western imperialism, World War II, the Cultural Revolution, economic reforms since 1976, women’s history, and religions in China.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 313

HISTORY 217
15 Points

Nazi Germany and its Legacies

An in-depth look into a period of history that has simultaneously fascinated and horrified generations of people around the world. Topics include: the origins of Nazism, Adolf Hitler and the rise of the NSDAP, life in Nazi Germany in peace and war, Hitler's foreign policy, the Second World War, the Holocaust and its myriad legacies in history and popular culture.

Prerequisite: 45 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 317

HISTORY 224
15 Points

Old Regime and Revolution: France, 1750-1815

The French Revolution is recognised as a founding event of modern history. Revolutionaries reinvented political liberty, civic equality, democratic suffrage, human rights; but also reinvented gender discrimination, political terror, ideological war, dictatorship. We explore this through readings and discussions that examine the origins of the Revolution, the collapse of the monarchy, the experiment of mass democracy, and the Revolution's disputed legacies.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 324

HISTORY 225
15 Points

Samurai and Scholars: Early Modern China and Japan

Early modern China and Japan shared not only geographical space in East Asia but also a history of cultural interaction, trade, and an enduring interest in Confucianism as a moral, philosophical, and social framework. This course explores and compares the government, trade, and culture of these two societies with a focus on the structures and patterns of everyday life.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 222, 242, 322, 335, 342

HISTORY 227
15 Points

Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal

A history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal. The course explores changing understandings of the Treaty and its role in New Zealand society and history since 1840. The establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1975, the development of its work, and the historical and contemporary claims brought before it will also be studied.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History or Politics and International Relations, or MĀORI 130 and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 327

HISTORY 233
15 Points

Australian History Since 1788

A survey of the history of Australia from European occupation to the present. It focuses on the lives and experiences of ordinary Australians, as well as providing an overview of the major political and economic developments across two centuries.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 333

HISTORY 239
15 Points

Medieval Cultures: Faith, Power, Identities

Explores the social, cultural, religious and political histories of medieval Europe and its relations with wider worlds. Topics covered may vary from year to year, but will likely include social structures, the place of religious faith, gender relations, power and authority, ethnic identities, conflict and dissent, migrations, literary and artistic expressions, and responses to crises.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 219, 254, 268, 319, 339, 354, 368

HISTORY 241
15 Points

Making Sense of the Sixties: the USA 1954-1973

An examination of the social, cultural and political history of the US in the 'long sixties', analysing the interplay of radicalism, liberalism and conservatism in this pivotal decade and giving attention to the sixties in historiography and popular memory.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 341

HISTORY 243
15 Points

Body and Blood: Religious Cultures and Conflicts c. 50-1650

An introduction to Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the late antique and medieval periods and the conflicts which shaped them. It examines the roots of Christian and Muslim religious thinking, their interaction with Jewish and Pagan traditions, the Crusades, anti-Semitism, heresy, schisms within Christianity and the Reformation.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 356

HISTORY 252
15 Points

New Zealand Cultural History

An introduction to changing ideas about New Zealand and New Zealand culture from colonial times to the present considering, among other topics, the history of exploration and travel, the iconography of the nation, public and private commemorations and celebrations, the history of the body and the commercialisation of leisure.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 352

HISTORY 257
15 Points

Making Modern America 1865-1919

A survey of the United States from the end of Reconstruction through the First World War that evaluates the role of ordinary people as well as influential figures. Themes include industrialisation; labour conflict and organisation; segregation; reform; literary and intellectual movements; popular culture; imperialism; politics and the state.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 357

HISTORY 259
15 Points

Special Topic

HISTORY 260
15 Points

The Māori 20th Century

Wide ranging study of Māori in the twentieth century exploring a variety of topics and themes including: studies and sources of Māori history; Māori and the state; war, work, church and leisure; resistance, protest and advocacy; rural and urban communities; organisations and leadership; mana wahine; and race relations in New Zealand.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 360

HISTORY 270
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage III

HISTORY 300
15 Points

Thinking History: Approaches to the Past

Focuses on the study of history and how historians have understood and explained the past as well as the challenges facing the discipline today. Topics include post-structuralism and history, gender and history, the nature of historical memory and the impact of non-Western perspectives on the discipline.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

HISTORY 306
15 Points

Making Sex: Modern Histories of Sex

The terms heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, sadist, masochist – indeed sexuality itself – all date from the nineteenth century, the era of sexology. Using examples from the USA and Europe, this course explores the formation of modern sexualities in the period from the nineteenth century onwards, with particular focus on the construction of homosexual and heterosexual identities and the modern privileging of sex.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 206

HISTORY 308
15 Points

African-American Freedom Struggles: USA 1900-2000

An examination of the experience of African Americans during the 'long civil rights movement' of the twentieth century, emphasising the depth and breadth of Black oppositional spirit and activity, the achievements, and remaining challenges. Attention will also be given to the 'long civil rights movement' in historiography and popular memory.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed, or HISTORY 103 and 30 points at Stage II in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: HISTORY 208

HISTORY 309
15 Points

Bloodlands: Global Warfare

Asks historical questions about warfare in the modern era. Analyses conflicts and state violence and their impacts on people and their governments in a global setting. Themes include: the causes, course and consequences of warfare; restraint in warfare; ideologies of war and peace; civil war and revolution; imperial warfare; genocide; the human impact and context of war.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed or 30 points at Stage II in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: HISTORY 205

HISTORY 313
15 Points

Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

An overview of modern Chinese history (late nineteenth century to around 1980), using the life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976) as a jumping-off point for discussions of Chinese political and cultural history. Topics include: the fall of the Qing dynasty, Western imperialism, World War II, the Cultural Revolution, economic reforms since 1976, women’s history, and religions in China.

Prerequisite: 90 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 213

HISTORY 317
15 Points

Nazi Germany and its Legacies

An in-depth look into a period of history that has simultaneously fascinated and horrified generations of people around the world. Topics include: the origins of Nazism, Adolf Hitler and the rise of the NSDAP, life in Nazi Germany in peace and war, Hitler's foreign policy, the Second World War, the Holocaust and its myriad legacies in history and popular culture.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 217

HISTORY 324
15 Points

Old Regime and Revolution in France c.1750-1815

The French Revolution is recognised as a founding event of modern history. Revolutionaries reinvented political liberty, civic equality, democratic suffrage, human rights but also reinvented gender discrimination, political terror, ideological war, dictatorship. We explore this through readings and discussions that examine the origins of the Revolution, the collapse of the monarchy, the experiment of mass democracy, and the Revolution's disputed legacies.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 224

HISTORY 327
15 Points

Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal

A history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal. The course explores changing understandings of the Treaty and its role in New Zealand society and history since 1840. The establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1975, the development of its work, and the historical and contemporary claims brought before it will also be studied.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed, or HISTORY 103 and 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: HISTORY 227

HISTORY 333
15 Points

Australian History Since 1788

A survey of the history of Australia from European occupation to the present. It focuses on the lives and experiences of ordinary Australians, as well as providing an overview of the major political and economic developments across two centuries.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 233

HISTORY 335
15 Points

Samurai and Scholars: Early Modern China and Japan

Early modern China and Japan shared not only geographical space in East Asia but also a history of cultural interaction, trade, and an enduring interest in Confucianism as a moral, philosophical, and social framework. This course explores and compares the government, trade, and culture of these two societies with a focus on the structures and patterns of everyday life.

Prerequisite: 90 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 222, 225, 242, 322, 342

HISTORY 339
15 Points

Medieval Cultures: Faith, Power, Identities

Explores the social, cultural, religious and political histories of medieval Europe and its relations with wider worlds. Topics covered may vary from year to year, but will likely include social structures, the place of religious faith, gender relations, power and authority, ethnic identities, conflict and dissent, migrations, literary and artistic expressions, and responses to crises.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 219, 239, 254, 268, 319, 354, 368

HISTORY 341
15 Points

Making Sense of the Sixties: USA 1954-1973

An examination of the social, cultural and political history of the US in the 'long sixties', analysing the interplay of radicalism, liberalism and conservatism in this pivotal decade and giving attention to the sixties in historiography and popular memory.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 241

HISTORY 352
15 Points

New Zealand Cultural History

An in-depth examination of the cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century New Zealand considering, among other topics, the history of exploration and travel, the iconography of the nation, public and private commemorations and celebrations, the history of the body and the commercialisation of leisure.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 252

HISTORY 356
15 Points

Body and Blood: Religious Cultures and Conflicts c.50-1650

An in-depth analysis of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the late antique and medieval periods and the conflicts which shaped them. It examines the roots of Christian and Muslim religious thinking, their interaction with Jewish and Pagan traditions, the Crusades, anti-Semitism, heresy, schisms within Christianity and the Reformation.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 243

HISTORY 357
15 Points

Making Modern America 1865-1919

An advanced survey of the United States from the end of Reconstruction through the First World War that evaluates the role of ordinary people as well as influential figures. Themes include industrialisation; labour conflict and organisation; segregation; reform; literary and intellectual movements; popular culture; imperialism; politics and the state.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 257

HISTORY 359
15 Points

Special Topic

HISTORY 360
15 Points

The Māori 20th Century

Wide ranging study of Māori in the twentieth century exploring a variety of topics and themes including: studies and sources of Māori history; Māori and the state; war, work, church and leisure; resistance, protest and advocacy; rural and urban communities; organisations and leadership; mana wahine; and race relations in New Zealand.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 60 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 260

HISTORY 367
15 Points

Health, Medicine and Society

Examines the rise of modern Western medicine since 1850 and its impact, with a particular emphasis on Britain and its colonies. Topics include public health, hospitals, nursing, psychiatry, sexual health, reproductive health, child health, tuberculosis, medicine and war, and alternative medicines.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in History and 30 points passed, or SOCSCIPH 200 and 30 points passed

Restriction: HISTORY 210

HISTORY 370
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

HISTORY 700A
15 Points

HISTORY 700B
15 Points

Settlers and Empire

Explores the histories of nineteenth and twentieth century British settler societies, with a particular focus on New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Examines the key conceptual frameworks and major themes for thinking about the comparative and transnational pasts of these settler societies.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 700 A and B

HISTORY 705A
15 Points

HISTORY 705B
15 Points

Writing New Zealand

A study of the writing of New Zealand history from nineteenth century accounts through to more recent, revisionist undertakings. Considers general and overview histories, as well as key texts and the debates generated by such works. Students will have an opportunity to undertake research on a topic of their own choosing.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 705 A and B

HISTORY 706A
15 Points

HISTORY 706B
15 Points

Topics in European Cultural History

An historical introduction to the relationship between ideologies, cultural practices, social structures and political institutions in Europe. Topics include: the political history of manners and court culture; public opinion and print culture; gender and consumerism; the history of the senses and the human body.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 706 A and B

HISTORY 707A
15 Points

HISTORY 707B
15 Points

Early Modern Japanese Lives

Explores the history and historiography of birth, death, and social life in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan. Students will read from a variety of historical genres including biography, demography, historical anthropology, cultural and social history, and primary sources in translation. Considers themes in recent history writing with attention to scholarship written both inside and outside Japan.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 707 A and B

HISTORY 711A
15 Points

HISTORY 711B
15 Points

Texts and Contexts

Takes a broad view of the histories of culture and of communication. It links aspects of the history of ideas (historical, political, religious, scientific, legal, cultural) to the modes of their transmission (objects, performances, languages, spoken, manuscript and printed texts). It relates a wide variety of texts to the historical circumstances of their generation and reception.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 711 A and B

HISTORY 712A
15 Points

HISTORY 712B
15 Points

Insider Histories

Considers histories from 'the inside', related debates about oral histories and oral history practice. Uses Māori histories as case studies to explore the use of oral sources and issues of subjectivity, offering practical historical research and analytical skills. Topics include: the nature of and problems with oral and other sources, balancing textual and oral sources, writing from a subject position.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 712 A and B

HISTORY 713A
15 Points

HISTORY 713B
15 Points

Empire and Insurgency, 1840-1950

Investigates insurgency within the British Empire between 1840 and 1950. Drawing upon examples including the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Irish Revolution, it explores how we can establish a framework for studying insurgencies, the challenges that arise for historians in comparing acts of rebellion, and how nationalist movements drew upon an empire-wide repertoire of insurgency to advance their objectives.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 713 A and B

HISTORY 715A
15 Points

HISTORY 715B
15 Points

Topics in the History of War and Peace

An exploration of some of the major developments and debates in the history of modern Europe from the nineteenth century on. The course considers important themes in the social, cultural and political history of European society.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 715 A and B

HISTORY 721A
15 Points

HISTORY 721B
15 Points

Special Topic: Māori History in Focus

Surveys historical representations of the Māori past and related debates about methodological and epistemological approaches to writing Māori history. Drawing on international indigenous parallels, the course examines how key themes or events in the Māori past, and in particular Māori 'urbanisation', have been incorporated into the national narrative. Past and future uses of primary sources, especially oral, will also be considered.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 721 A and B

HISTORY 725A
15 Points

HISTORY 725B
15 Points

Health, Medicine and Society

Health and medicine within the context of the society of which they are part, with a special emphasis on New Zealand from 1840 to the present day. Various public health topics will be investigated including mental health, infant health and maternity, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and the politics of health care.

Restriction: HISTORY 702

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 725 A and B

HISTORY 734A
15 Points

HISTORY 734B
15 Points

Uncovering United States History

Explores the arguments, assumptions, and points of view that have created and continue to create historical knowledge of the United States. The course engages with the practice of United States history and historiography, emphasising historians' ways of doing, thinking, valuing, and writing about the past.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 734 A and B

HISTORY 735A
15 Points

HISTORY 735B
15 Points

Saints and Sinners c.300-800 CE

Explores developing ideas of sanctity and sinfulness in Western Europe between c. 300 and 800. The main focus is on Christianity, but the course also touches on ideas within Jewish and polytheist traditions. Topics include martyrdom, asceticism, cult of saints and relics, idea of the Devil, demonisation of misbehaviour and the role of literature in creating concepts of sanctity and sin.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 735 A and B

HISTORY 736A
15 Points

HISTORY 736B
15 Points

Medieval Women, c.1100-1500

A study of the history and historiography of medieval women, this course considers what medieval women's history consists of, how it can or should be written, and why it is worth writing.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 736 A and B

HISTORY 737A
15 Points

HISTORY 737B
15 Points

Rethinking History

An examination of some key readings dealing with contemporary trends and theoretical issues in history writing. The focus will be on what has been termed 'history as text and discourse'. The aim is to provide a self-reflexive approach to historians' representations of the past.

Restriction: HISTORY 710

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 737 A and B

HISTORY 740
15 Points

Special Topic

HISTORY 742A
15 Points

HISTORY 742B
15 Points

Special Topic

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 742 A and B

HISTORY 760
30 Points

HISTORY 760A
15 Points

HISTORY 760B
15 Points

Special Study

Individual research, normally related to one of the courses HISTORY 706 to HISTORY 736, selected in consultation with one or more staff members and approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 760 A and B, or HISTORY 760

HISTORY 761
30 Points

HISTORY 761A
15 Points

HISTORY 761B
15 Points

Special Study

Individual research, normally related to one of the courses HISTORY 706 to HISTORY 736, selected in consultation with one or more staff members and approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 761 A and B, or HISTORY 761

HISTORY 780
30 Points

HISTORY 780A
15 Points

HISTORY 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 780 A and B, or HISTORY 780

HISTORY 796A
60 Points

HISTORY 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in History with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 796 A and B

HISTORY 797A
60 Points

HISTORY 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 797 A and B

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