MAORI250-19B (TGA)

Māori Politics

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper examines Māori and Indigenous politics in a broad sense, from key ideas such as sovereignty, tino rangatiratanga, and autonomy, through to crucial forms of resistance via various political structures including local, Iwi, national and global Indigenous movements. The paper aims to:

a) Develop analytical skills in regards to Māori Politics, Māori Representation, and Māori Partnership with Treaty partners;
b) Understand the basis of Māori and Indigenous political movements and forms of resistance;
c) Critique Māori participation in political processes at local, regional, national, and international levels; and
d) Evaluate and deconstruct case studies which demonstrate the ability of Māori to influence political outcomes and policy settings

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught in English and consists of 1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. The sessions may include lectures from guest speakers and group discussion exercises. The second hour lecture and tutorial will run as one class.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe traditional and contemporary Māori politics
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  • Analyse the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the development of Māori politics
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  • Explore Māori and Indigenous politics across different domains and contexts
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  • Describe how political arrangements and forms of development, and models of representation have advanced kaupapa Māori
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  • Demonstrate an ability to articulate their own ideas relating to Māori politics in a scholarly manner in written and oral forms
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There are no compulsory components in this paper. However, to gain maximum understanding of content and to pass this paper successfully it is essential that you attend all lectures and submit all assignments.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Test
26 Jul 2019
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay
18 Aug 2019
9:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Debate
17 Sep 2019
2:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Blog Post
13 Oct 2019
9:00 PM
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students will be directed to any required readings. These will be on the MAORI250-19B (TGA) Reading List posted on Moodle. All other readings are recommended and will be identified from time to time and posted on Moodle.
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Recommended Readings

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Bargh, M, ed. Māori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises. Wellington: Huia, 2010.

Bargh, M. (2007). Resistance : An indigenous response to neoliberalism. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia.

Durie, M. Te Mana, Te Kawanatanga: The Politics of Māori Self-determination. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Durie, M. (2005). Ngā Tai Matatū Tides of Māori endurance. Auckland, N.Z., Oxford University Press.

Hayward, J. (2015). New Zealand government and politics (Sixth ed.). New York: Oxford University Press

Higgins, R., Rewi, P., and Olsen­ Reeder, V. (eds). (2014) The Value of the Māori Language: Te Hua o te Reo Māori. Wellington, Huia Publishers.

Ivason, D., Patton, P. & Sanders, W. (2000) Political theory and the rights of indigenous peoples. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press

Katene, S. (2013). The spirit of Māori leadership. Wellington: Huia Publishers

Keenan, D. (2012). Huia histories of Māori : Ngā tāhuhu kōrero. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia.

McIntosh, T. & Mulholland, M. (eds) (2011). Māori and Social Issues. Wellington: Huia Publishers.

Mulholland, M. and Tawhai, V. (eds) (2010) Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change, Wellington: Huia. Visit to check price and availability.

Smith, L, T., (1999) Decolonising Methodologies, research and indigenous people; Dunedin: Zed Books University of Otago Press, c1999.

Tomlins­-Jahnke, H. & Mulholland, M. (eds). (2011). Mana Tangata: Politics of Empowerment. Wellington: Huia Publishers.

Winiata, M. (2014). The Changing role of the Leader in Māori Society. Hamilton: University of Waikato.

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by Moodle. Look at Moodle regularly for notices and other relevant information.
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This paper has 4 contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend all lectures and complete the required readings. This paper is worth 15 points and has a workload of 150 hours (1 point is worth 10 hours). The 102 hours (8.5 hours per week) of self-directed learning is to be spent completing the required readings, research for assessments and completing assessments.

  1. Lectures: 1 x 2 hours; 1 x 1 hour weekly - 36 Hours
  2. Tutorials: 1 x 1 hour weekly - 12 hours
  3. Self ­Directed Learning: 8.5 hours weekly - 102 Hours
    Total: 150 hours
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