The History programme teaches papers in global, oral, intellectual, religious, cultural, social, war, comparative, environmental, health, indigenous and science histories in local, national and international contexts. We also explore, methodological, intellectual, and historiographical issues at both undergraduate and graduate levels. History teaches advanced skills in high-level critical thinking, research, communication, and the gathering and assessing of complex evidence, skills in great demand from among prospective employers.
History is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. History may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete History as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for History, including 105 points above 100 level, HISTY300, and a further 45 points above 200 level
To complete History as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for History, including 90 points above 100 level, HISTY300, and a further 30 points above 200 level.
To complete a minor in History, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the History major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.
Note: Students who commenced a major in History in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice. All 300 level History papers normally have as prerequisites three papers in History, including at least one at 200 level.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Hist) and GradDip(Hist)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(Hist), PGDip(Hist), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Hist) and GradDip(Hist)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included History at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Hist), PGDip(Hist), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate History papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level History papers or all their undergraduate History papers.
To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History, students must gain 120 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 30 points in research (normally HISTY591).
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in History, a student must have completed either:
a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in History (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division), or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.
Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in History vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ARTSC110 Old Worlds - New Worlds 18A (Hamilton) This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds. ARTSC111 Social Science Theory and Action 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines. HISTY106 War and Society 18A (Hamilton) This paper considers the interaction of war and society and asks how war reflect the societies and cultures that wage them. This notion is tested by examining a number of case studies from across history and around the globe. Students explore the historical contexts of these conflicts, the experiences of those impacted by them, and... HISTY145 History on Film 18B (Hamilton) An analysis of how historical characters, processes and events in European history have been portrayed in film. Examples are taken from the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern periods
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HISTY206 History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research 18A (Hamilton) The paper focuses on the fundamental and accepted practices in academic historical scholarship and surveys a variety of significant historical and theoretical approaches to the discipline. HISTY211 Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War 18A (Hamilton) This paper studies the causes, course and consequences of the United States Civil War, which ended slavery and saved the United States, today's world hyperpower. HISTY225 Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality 18B (Hamilton) This paper examines the narrative constructions, ethical and methodological approaches, employed in indigenous histories. It compares and contrasts native histories from different parts of the world. PHILO215 Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction 18B (Hamilton) A study of the moral and political philosophy of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Mill. This paper uses Plato's Republic to introduce students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, including questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral educat... POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State 18A (Hamilton) Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location FASS396 Work Placement 18D (Block) This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field. HIST316 Birth of the United States 18B (Hamilton) A study of the causes, course and consequences of the American Revolution. HIST330 Researching Iwi/Maori History 18A (Hamilton) This paper examines the historiographical, conceptual, ethical and methodological issues surrounding the recording of Maori history. HIST380 Special Topic: Social History of Medicine and Health in the United States 18S (Hamilton) This course looks at the role of medicine and health in shaping US history. We will explore such things as the impact of epidemics, popular attitudes toward health, the unique status of physicians, the evolution of public health, the changing place of women in the health system, controversies over vaccination, debates over how to ... HIST381 Special Topic: From Blue Smoke to Fred Dagg: Popular Culture in New Zealand, 1945-1975 18A (Hamilton) With the basis in social history and material culture, this paper explores intersecting topics including music, film and television, fashion, sport and leisure, and technology, to develop an understanding of the lives of New Zealanders during the period from the end of World War II to the mid-1970s. HIST390 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton) Admission to this paper is by invitation only and at the discretion of the Programme Convenor. POLS300 Religion and Political Violence 18A (Online), 18S (Online) & 18T (Online) This paper in the history of political ideas examines Christian attitudes to political violence over the past 2000 years. It gives students knowledge and understanding of both Christian pacifism and Christian 'just war' thought. It does this by examining writings of major Christian thinkers, including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and...
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HIST515 United States Cultural History 18A (Hamilton) This paper prepares students for historical practice and research, and higher study through an investigation of the cultural history of the United States. HIST590 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. HIST591 Dissertation 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. HIST592 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. HIST593 History Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. HIST594 History Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HIST800 History MPhil Thesis 18C (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location HIST900 History PhD Thesis 18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton) No description available.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 2 April 2020 10:01am