Faculty of Arts


Writing New Zealand


Writing New Zealand explores the way historians have written about New Zealand – how they have written that history, and what methods, tools and sources they have used.

The substantial reading goals of the course provide students with an opportunity to increase the range and depth of their knowledge about New Zealand history. The self-directed approach to course work encourages critical evaluation of key New Zealand history texts, as well as the historiographical issues, themes, and trends they present. Through studying these texts and by engaging in discussion with lecturers and students, this course will also broadly address the importance, relevance and applicability of New Zealand history today.

Weekly class discussions will offer opportunities for students to demonstrate their facilitation and presentation skills while canvassing a range of topics, including sources, audiences, research methods, current affairs, the longevity of (some) historical ideas, and indigenous history.

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

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Not offered in 2019; planned for 2020


Coordinator(s) Dr Felicity Barnes


HISTORY 705A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 705B: 15.0 points

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