Socio-cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand

This course provides students with an introduction to the socio-cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand as a nation and how this impacts on people, organisations and businesses. It explores multiple perspectives and lenses in approaching questions of culture and society (particularly te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā). The course explores the principles and application of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi to society, business and organisational contexts.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.


Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe the history of Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural heritage and how this has influenced socio-cultural and economic issues.
  • 2 Describe how key historical events and processes have influenced Aotearoa New Zealand society, its peoples, organisations and businesses.
  • 3 Reflect upon the place of Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi within Aotearoa New Zealand and the place of indigenous culture and values in societies, businesses and organisations.
  • 4 Explain the diversity of thought and perspectives which arise from an appreciation of different cultures and worldviews (particularly Māori and Pākehā perspectives in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Practical/Placement 1 4 30%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 3 20%
Written Assignment 2 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.