History (2018)

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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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (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.
    HISTY106War and Society18A (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...
    HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives18A (Hamilton)
    This introductory paper provides students with an overview of New Zealand's history, from first settlement to the present. The paper showcases exciting new developments in local and international historical scholarship and engages with contemporary issues.
    HISTY117Global Histories18B (Online)
    This paper focuses upon events, issues and change in the twentieth century under five major themes: imperialism and decolonisation; war and conflict; health and human rights; environment and technology; and the global economy.
    HISTY145History on Film18B (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
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HISTY206History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research18A (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.
    HISTY208Religion, Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY210Clean, Green, Healthy and Sustainable? Environmental and Agricultural Histories of Aotearoa New Zealand18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to Aotearoa New Zealand's fascinating environmental and agricultural histories, and critically assesses whether we can justifiably call ourselves "Clean and Green" either today or in the past.
    HISTY211Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War18A (Hamilton) & 18B (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.
    HISTY218Science in Empire: Health, Conservation, Agriculture and Environment in Historical ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY225Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and Decoloniality18B (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.
    HISTY235Maori and Treaty History in Professional PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY238Revolutions: Culture and Society in Europe c.1600-1800This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction18B (Hamilton)
    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 education.
    POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State18A (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.
  • 300 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 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.
    HIST308Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the intellectual, social and political origins and implications of a variety of European belief systems in the period circa 1450-1800.
    HIST316Birth of the United States18B (Hamilton)
    A study of the causes, course and consequences of the American Revolution.
    HIST318Empires of Nature? Science, Conservation and EmpireThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HIST330Researching Iwi/Maori History18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the historiographical, conceptual, ethical and methodological issues surrounding the recording of Maori history.
    HIST338An Age of Reason? The European Enlightenment18B (Online)
    This paper examines the nature and context of significant intellectual developments in Western Europe, circa 1500-1800.
    HIST380Special Topic: Social History of Medicine and Health in the United States18S (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    HIST381Special Topic: From Blue Smoke to Fred Dagg: Popular Culture in New Zealand, 1945-197518A (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.
    HIST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Admission to this paper is by invitation only and at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.
    HISTY310Clean, Green, Healthy and Sustainable? Environmental and Agricultural Histories of Aotearoa New ZealandThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY318Science in Empire: Health, Conservation, Agriculture and Environment in Historical ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY325Indigenous Histories: Narrative, Ethics, and DecolonialityThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HISTY335Maori and Treaty History in Professional PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    POLS300Religion and Political Violence18A (Online), 18B (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...
  • 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 HIST591).

    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 in either the best three of their 300 level History papers or all of their undergraduate History papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in History (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    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.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HIST512Green Histories of the World? Environmental History and Garden History18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the way humans, over time, have constructed, conceptualised and debated gardens and environments. Theoretical perspectives from the new fields of garden and environmental history inform the paper.
    HIST515United States Cultural History18A (Hamilton)
    This paper prepares students for historical practice and research, and higher study through an investigation of the cultural history of the United States.
    HIST516Historical Theories and MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HIST526Oral HistoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    HIST590Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    HIST591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    HIST592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    HIST593History Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    HIST594History Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 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.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HIST800History MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 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
    HIST900History PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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