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Free Online Course on New Zealand Landscape as Culture

Victoria University of Wellington is offering free online course on New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Islands. The course will also explore the geology, popular culture, politics, art and literature of landscape.

In this four week course, applicants will learn about the islands of New Zealand, 42 degrees south of the equator and rich in stories. This course will start on November 10, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours pw
Subject: Art & Culture
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on November 10, 2017

Providers’ Details

Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s oldest tertiary institutions. Victoria’s mission is to undertake excellent research, teaching and public engagement in the service of local, national, regional and global communities. Our vision is to be a world-leading capital city university, and one of the great global-civic universities.

About This Course

Remote from other landmasses, you will learn how the islands of New Zealand have a unique geology and form part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire.’ Our long history of remoteness has been expressed by a New Zealand poet as ‘Distance looks our way.’ But the idea of distance is a European one – who are we far away from? For the peoples of the Pacific we inhabit one group of islands in the Pacific, ‘a sea of Islands.’

Why Take This Course?

In this course, you will learn about the islands of New Zealand, or Ng? Motu o Aotearoa, where humans have lived for a thousand years. The indigenous M?ori people of New Zealand tell a powerful origin story about our islands. New Zealanders take pride in being islanders as it is part of their story, national identity and culture.

Learning Outcomes

  • An Indigenous narrative of Aotearoa
  • The geology and formation of the islands of New Zealand
  • The role of Oceanic voyaging in Pacific cultures
  • How islands are represented in New Zealand art, literature and national identity


Lydia Wevers

Professor Lydia Wevers is the Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr. Maria Bargh

Dr. Maria Bargh (Te Arawa and Ngati Awa) is Head of Te Kawa a Maui/School of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.



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