School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

History

History

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.

Overview

History is an intellectual discipline which requires the rigour of a scientist, the persistence of a detective and the imagination of a novelist. Historical study seeks to understand the whys and wherefores of the past and unravel its mysteries. It is a subject which offers numerous areas of specialisation and one which generates enthusiasm and commitment. By introducing us to cultures distant from our own in time and space, historical study broadens our general cultural knowledge, reminds us that our own cultural values are historically constructed, and teaches us about the development of human societies.

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Undergraduate information

BA major requirements

  1. 40 points from HIST 100–199, CLAS 104, 105
  2. 40 points from HIST 200–299, CLAS 207, 208
  3. 60 points from HIST 300–399, CLAS 307, 308
  4. At least 100 of the above points must be from HIST 100–399, of which at least 40 points must be from HIST 300–399

Course planning

Courses offered by the History Programme for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) are arranged in three tiers: 100-, 200- and 300-level courses. The 100-level courses are seen as the foundation of all further work in History and a pass in two of these (or in CLAS 104, CLAS 105) is the prerequisite for admission to 200-level courses. The courses offered are planned to provide a good introduction to further historical study.

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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate Qualifications in History

For information specific to History, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.

To find out more about entry requirements to Postgraduate degrees please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator or see our Postgraduate Study page.

To find our more about our current postgraduate students see our Student Profile page.

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How to find out more and staff contacts

Further information can be found through the School's Resources and Links pages.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.

History courses are taught within the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. History Programme Staff.
History Office: Level 4, Old Kirk Building.
Email: hppi@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

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List of courses

For a complete course listing, see the list of all History courses.


100 Level Courses

HIST 111 – Colonial Encounters: Pacific Experiences

HIST 112 – New Histories in New Zealand-Aotearoa

HIST 117 – Empires and Peoples

HIST 118 – Making Europe Modern: Citizens, States and Nations

HIST 120 – Global History: World War One and its Legacies


200 Level Courses

HIST 215 – Creating the United States, 1776-1890

HIST 217 – The United States and Global Power, 1890-2000

HIST 218 – Historical Methods

HIST 219 – Pacific History

HIST 222 – Australian History

HIST 227 – Maori and Pakeha in the Nineteenth-Century World

HIST 228 – Special Topic: The Holocaust and Genocide

HIST 230 – Gandhi, India and the World

HIST 231 – Changing China: Protest, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China, 1800s to the Present

HIST 232 – The Worlds of Christopher Columbus

HIST 234 – Special Topic: Radicals and Revolutionaries in Britain

HIST 235 – Special Topic: Early Modern History, 1250-1650

HIST 236 – Race and Racism in Modern European History

HIST 238 – From Facism to Forza Italia: A Cultural History of Italy, 1922-2000

HIST 245 – Peoples of the Soviet Empire

HIST 248 – History of the German-Speaking Peoples

HIST 249 – New Zealand Political History

HIST 250 – The Terrible Wonder of Modernity: The World Re-made, c.1880s-1930s


300 Level Courses

HIST 310 – Special Topic: New Zealand History: Working Lives

HIST 312 – Working Lives in New Zealand

HIST 315 – Media and the Modern USA: From Watergate to Obama Nation

HIST 316 – New Zealand Social History

HIST 317 – New Zealand History

HIST 318 – Special Topic: Early Modern Science: Possessing Nature's Secrets

HIST 321 – International History: The Cold War World, 1945-1991

HIST 323 – Colonialism and Postcolonialism: Early Maori Text and Context in 19th Century Aotearoa New Zealand

HIST 327 – Special Topic

HIST 329 – Special Topic: Contesting Colonialism: The British Empire and the Settler Colonies

HIST 331 – The Transatlantic Slave Trade

HIST 332 – The Holocaust and Genocide

HIST 334 – World War One: Social and Cultural Perspectives on 1914 - 1918

HIST 336 – The Pacific Islands after 1945

HIST 337 – Wild China, People's China: Environment and Society in Chinese History

HIST 338 – Prelude to Peace: Displaced Persons and Refugees in Post-War Europe

HIST 339 – History on Film/Film on History


400 Level Courses

HIST 403 – A Topic in Pacific History: Colonial Power and Pacific Resistance 1800-1946

HIST 404 – A Topic in the History of the United States

HIST 407 – A Topic in European History 1: Magic, Witchcraft, Religion and Science in Early Modern Europe

HIST 411 – A Topic in Historic Preservation

HIST 412 – A Topic in the History of Sport: Studies in the History of Sport and Spectatorship

HIST 415 – A Topic in Chinese History: China and Democracy

HIST 419 – A Topic in Historiography and Historical Method 1: History and Theory

HIST 420 – A Topic in the History of Race Relations in New Zealand: Contexts of the Treaty

HIST 421 – A Topic in European History 2: The European Outreach into the Atlantic

HIST 422 – A Topic in New Zealand History 1: In Their Place: Perspectives on People and Land

HIST 423 – A Topic in Historiography and Historical Method 2: Film and History

HIST 425 – A Topic in European History 3: A Usable Past: Normalising the extreme in postwar Germany

HIST 427 – A Topic in New Zealand History 2: Empire and Desire: Gender and Imperialism, c.1780-1920

HIST 428 – Special Topic: Class in History

HIST 448 – National Awakening in Eastern Europe

HIST 489 – Research Project