Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


MAORIHTH 201 - Introduction to Maori Health

15 Points

Semester 2

Tāmaki

Description


Māori society, culture and values are explored. Historical processes are reviewed within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi. The course will examine how these factors underpin the basic determinants of health and shape contemporary Māori health status in Aotearoa. Different approaches to improving Māori health and reducing inequalities will be critically examined.

Overview


MH201 is a core stage 2 course of the BHSc programme. The course aims to introduce students to Māori health in a safe and engaging manner.

Students are exposed to some basic understandings of Māori culture and Maori society. The context behind the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is explored alongside the differences between the English and Māori texts of the Treaty. Colonisation is explained as a key determinant of health. The pros and cons of common explanations for Māori health are critiqued and a framework for understanding Māori health inequties is presented.

The role of BHSc students and graduates to be health advocates for social justice is promoted.

 

Requisites


Prerequisite: POPLHLTH 111

Places in this course are limited and preference will be given to students admitted to the BHSc programme. Students who don’t meet these criteria may apply for an enrolment concession.

 

Programme


This is a core course for:

Course Prescription

Māori society, culture and values are explored. Historical processes are reviewed within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi. The course will examine how these factors underpin the basic determinants of health and shape contemporary Māori health status in Aotearoa. We critically examine different approaches to improving Māori health and reducing inequalities.

Goals of the Course

  • To introduce students to Māori culture, society and values.
  • To provide a comprehensive historical and contemporary overview of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • To explore the basic determinants of health that shape contemporary Māori health status.
  • Critically examine different approaches to improving Māori health and reducing inequities.

Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, the students should be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of Māori worldviews with respect to culture, society and values.
• Introduce themselves in te reo Māori using a pepeha framework.
• Describe how the Māori population is defined in terms of ancestry, ethnicity and indigeneity.
• Explain how historical processes have shaped contemporary Māori health outcomes.
• Describe the historical context around the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
• Discuss the differences between the Māori and English versions of the Treaty of Waitangi.
• Link breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi to historical and contemporary Māori health outcomes.
• Provide arguments for rights based approaches to improving Māori health.
• Describe different theoretical models to explain Māori health inequities.
• Critique how different explanations influence Māori health inequities.
• Engage in a continuous process of critical self-reflection with regard to Māori health and inequities.
 

Content Outline

The course structure consists of four modules:

• Understanding Māori culture and contexts
• Understanding the impact of colonisation and the Treaty of Waitangi
• Critiquing explanations for Māori health inequities
• Advocating for Māori health

Teaching Staff
Co-ordinator: Elana Curtis

Learning Resources
All the materials are available on the course webpage which is accessible through Canvas as soon as the semester has started.
 

Assessment

Percentage

Details e.g. Test length, Word limit

Relationship with learning outcomes

Reflective writing & short essay

20%

1,500 words

Understanding Māori culture

Written essay

30%

1,500-2,000 words

Treaty of Waitangi

Exam

50%

Two hour exam consisting of one essay and a number of short answer questions

Whole course

Course Director


Course Coordinator