Faculty of Arts


Ko Wai Tatou? Who Are We?


Include learning aims and role of course in major/programme. Ko wai tatou? Who are we? This simple but often perplexing question is addressed by demonstrating how the diverse disciplines of Te Kura Tangata study and analyse it. This course asks: Who are our people and communities? Where do our ideas about who we are come from? How do these ideas develop and change over time? What do they mean for relations of in/equality, or for how different groups experience belonging? These and other related questions will be examined from the perspective of different disciplines in the Arts. Ko Wai Tatou is both a ‘welcome course’ for all Arts students, establishing a foundation of whanaungatanga that can be further developed throughout their studies, and providing them an opportunity to practice and hone key skills used across Arts subjects. It is by its very nature transdisciplinary, research-led, and student-centred. Through the careful study of one core question (with which many of us already grapple in different ways) students will develop a sense of the distinctions and overlaps between Arts disciplines. The tasting platter approach to presenting a variety of disciplines engaged differently in the same question will also support students to select their majors, something with which many of them struggle. An emphasis on teamwork in the course and assessment design will ensure students experience whanaungatanga as an embedded value and practice in the Faculty and develop the kinds of interpersonal skills that are highly valued in workplaces (including iwi, community, and voluntary organisations). The course will set students up to explore with confidence the opportunities for study that are available in their degrees. The course will be presented in units. Each unit will bring three or four disciplines together to address the question ‘Ko Wai Tatou?’ from a particular context or angle, primarily by unpacking and analysing influential ideas about who we are. Disciplines will be asked how they study, define, and analyse the subject raised by each unit. In weekly workshops, students will be brought closer to the sources and methods the various disciplines employ. Proposed units include the following: • Ko Wai Tatou: Te Kura Tangata – an introduction to the Faculty of Arts, its disciplines, people, values, students. An understanding of Waipapa: Waipapa te marae; Waipapa te manawa whenua; Waipapa Taumata Rau. • Ko Wai Tatou: Tamaki Makau Rau – mana whenua, Auckland City, in-place learning on the city campus, diversity, international relations (Tamaki Herenga waka) • Ko Wai Tatou: ‘best race relations in the world’ – ideas about race, race relations, and diversity • Ko Wai Tatou: ‘a man’s country’ – masculinities and gender relations • Ko Wai Tatou: ‘an egalitarian society’ – gender, class, inequality, poverty • Ko Wai Tatou: ‘100% pure’ – contemporary environmental, wellbeing, and global issues

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