ARTSGEN 103/103G : Ko Wai Tātou? Who Are We?


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Ko wai tātou? Who are we? Who are our people and communities? What do our ideas about who we are mean for relations of in/equality or how we experience belonging individually and collectively? In addressing these questions, this course considers how knowledge of place enhances your learning, the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and how knowledge systems frame understanding.

Course Overview

Ko wai tātou? Who are we? This simple but often challenging question is addressed by demonstrating how the diverse subjects of Te Kura Tangata, the Faculty of Arts, study and analyse it. ARTSGEN 103 asks: Who are our people and communities? Where do our ideas about who we are come from? What do they mean for relations of in/equality, or for how different groups experience belonging? These and other related questions will be examined in this course.

Ko Wai Tātou has been explicitly created to welcome you and other Arts students to Te Kura Tangata. It seeks to establish a foundation for whanaungatanga that can be further developed as you continue your studies, and it provides you with opportunities to practice and hone key skills used across Arts subjects. 

We will study core ideas - like race, gender, justice and injustice, human rights, spirituality, wellbeing, the environment and education - in relation to our realities of society in Aotearoa/Tāmaki/Aukilani. Ko Wai Tātou will examine these ideas by unpacking and analysing influential thinking about who we are. Lecturers from different Arts subjects will be asked how they study, define, and analyse the topics discussed. In weekly workshops you will be brought closer to the sources and methods the various subjects employ. 

An emphasis on group work in the course and assessments will encourage whanaungatanga as an embedded value and practice and develop the kinds of interpersonal skills that are highly valued in workplaces and community organisations. The course will set you up to explore with confidence the opportunities for study that are available in your BA (or BA conjoint) degrees.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how place, and an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, are significant to your field of study (Capability 1)
  2. Critically and constructively engage with knowledge systems, practices and positionality (Capability 3 and 4)
  3. Employ a reciprocal, values‐based approach to collaborating (Capability 6 and 7)
  4. Communicate ideas clearly, effectively and respectfully (Capability 6)
  5. Reflexively engage with the question of ethics in academic practice (Capability 8)
  6. Build knowledge and make connections between disiplinary practices in Te Kura Tangata Arts and socio-cultural realities of society in Aotearoa/Tāmaki/Aukilani. (Capability 1, 3 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 70% Individual Coursework
Coursework 30% Group & Individual Coursework

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course. Students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15-point course that they are enrolled in, including class time and personal study and assignment preparation. 

There will be three hours of class time each week, a lecture and a workshop. Students are expected to prepare for classes by reading any assigned materials and preparing assignments in their own time.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at lectures. It is required at workshops to complete and receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including workshops will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

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 is a pilot. Student feedback will be welcomed to help shape the next iteration of the course.

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, 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

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

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 26/10/2023 03:57 p.m.