ARCHHTC 702 : History of Housing in Aotearoa New Zealand

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A research-based examination of New Zealand’s more than 100-year history of building housing at medium and high densities. Includes analysis of exemplars.

Course Overview

In New Zealand, many commentators remain fixated with the idea of the detached house and garden, but increased housing densities are needed because the country has an ongoing housing shortage, and higher densities make better use of land, infrastructure and transportation systems.  This course focuses on the history of New Zealand's medium- and high-density housing, to appreciate lessons learnt in the past, and to encourage high-quality medium- and high-density housing in the future.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Housing Studies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding and appreciation of New Zealand's history of building medium- and high-density housing; (Capability 1.1, 3.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Formulate a research question as the basis for a long essay; (Capability 1.2, 2.1 and 2.2)
  3. Demonstrate advanced skills in research and analysis, including primary research, utilising a range of sources; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4)
  4. Craft their writing, synthesising and evaluating the findings from a range of sources to produce an argument in response to their research question; (Capability 4.1, 4.2 and 5.3)
  5. Deliver an illustrated presentation to the class, and engage in discussion about their own presentation and those of others. (Capability 4.1, 4.2 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Seminar 15% Individual Coursework
Essay 85% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Teaching & Learning Methods

This course is a seminar course and as such it comprises a series of lectures for the first part of semester, and a series of student presentations for the second part of semester.  

Attendance in class as well as engagement with course activities and readings support academic success. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend class and to participate actively in all class sessions.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. Students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15 point course they are enrolled in. Across 15 weeks, this means a total of 150 hours.

For this course, you can expect up to 10 hours of lectures, about 10 hours of student presentations (depending on the number of students enrolled in the course), and 130 hours of independent research, writing and preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and seminar presentations to complete the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Seminar presentations may be available as recordings (TBC).
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

As yet, there is no one book that surveys medium- and high-density housing in New Zealand. This means that all students will need to seek out the best papers, articles and reports for the buildings and topics that they select for their essays. That said, a list of required and recommended reading is available through Canvas. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This course ran for the first time in 2021 under the course code ARCHGEN 716. The only change for the 2022 delivery is the allocation of marks for the seminar presentation, as in 2021 the presentations were ungraded and the 15% component was graded on the basis of participation and engagement.

Other Information

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the following procedure. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission from Canvas, complete the details and supply the required documentation from a health or other professional. Late submission forms must be supported by the course coordinator and then approved by the relevant programme director. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 02/12/2021 10:46 p.m.