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Historians study the past to understand the present. History at Waikato will inspire you to understand current events in light of historical context and give you a first-rate history education from a top 200 QS-rated programme.

You'll explore connections to previous generations, how they influence today, and if they were really all that different. History isn't just what happened before, but is also an investigation into, and use of, reliable research methods. We'll challenge you to ask questions, use critical enquiry into historical evidence and consider new ways of looking at the past in light of that new evidence.

When you study History, it isn't just for the classroom either. New Zealanders are keen to gain new perspectives on the "hidden history" of the pre-Waitangi Tribunal. People are also fascinated to learn their family's story and the circumstances that surround their ancestor's immigration to New Zealand.

Key themes of our research and teaching are Māori and Indigenous history, Pacific history, gender in history, research methods and theory, and US history. You'll gain a broad perspective of what goes into the correct historical analysis as well as analytical and critical thinking skills that employers value in other fields.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Archivist
  • Documentary Researcher
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Museum or Gallery Curator
  • Political Speechwriter
  • Tour Guide

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives15.021A (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 Histories15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper explores what global history looks like from the perspective of the oceans. With a particular focus on the Pacific, we will examine environmental, indigenous, and urgent histories of oceans, and how the sea has connected and separated peoples, species and places.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY200Pacific History15.021G (Hamilton) & 21G (Online)
This course introduces students to the history of the Pacific from the middle of the sixteenth century through to World War II. The course will examine cross-cultural encounters and the development of the major imperial systems that were established in the region, with a focus on exploring the ways in which different Pacific commun...
HISTY206History in Practice: Historical Methods and Research15.021A (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.
HISTY211Studies in Social History: The United States Civil War15.021B (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.
PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, using texts from historical figures in philosophy to study questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral education.
POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State15.021B (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 Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY300Gender in History15.021B (Hamilton)
Gender in History examines the role of gender in society, culture, and the lives of individuals by introducing students to a range of historical case studies and methodologies.
HISTY301Sugar and Spice: Commodities in Global History15.021B (Hamilton)
An examination of key commodities that have reshaped diets, economies and societies across the globe since the early modern period.
HISTY316The Birth of the United States15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper studies the causes, course and consequences of the revolutionary war that led to the founding of the United States, today's world hyperpower.
HISTY330Researching Iwi Māori History15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the history of Maori and iwi peoples from Pacific origins to the present. It addresses the turning points, myths, discourses and narratives that have been mobilised to present Maori and iwi historical experiences. Students will examine the popular methods, theories, sources, and questions that have driven resear...
HISTY390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21D (Hamilton)
A Directed Study is a taught paper enabling an undergraduate student to undertake a piece of extended historiographical research. Students enrolled in this paper work on a focused piece of research and are individually supervised.
POLSC300Religion and Political Violence15.021G (Online)
This paper examines religious attitudes to political authority and political violence. Students study the writings of major thinkers in the Christian tradition including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY500Private Lives in the Archives15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper examines how and why the personal lives of individuals are recorded and preserved in archives, and engages with practical, ethical, and intellectual questions about historical research.
HISTY515United States Cultural History30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for historical practice and research, and higher study through an investigation of the cultural history of the United States.
HISTY516History and Theory30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies.
HISTY591Dissertation30.021D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HISTY593History Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HISTY594History Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY800History MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
HISTY900History PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Potential PhD, MA or Honours Dissertation Candidates

All potential PhD, MA or Honours dissertation candidates must contact a current History staff member to discuss their Honours, MA or PhD dissertation topic before enrolling.

Staff may already have full supervision workloads or be away on research leave, so the sooner candidates contact staff the better. Potential candidates who wish to enrol in an Honours 591, MA programme or PhD thesis should take time to check whether current staff are available and have expertise in their chosen preferred topics.


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For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the Graduate Study Options section above.


Contacts

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Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4030
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