MAORIHTH 710 : Kaupapa Māori Theory

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Kaupapa Māori Theory (KMT) underpins a range of approaches employed to ensure policy, research and intervention processes emphasise Māori ways of knowing and being and work to prevent the further marginalisation of Māori. Students learn about the development of KMT and its use in the context of Māori health and development, and will experience and learn from a range of initiatives and projects that have KMT at their core.

Course Overview

Students will be supported to develop an understanding of the relationships between knowledge, power, and colonisation, focusing especially on frameworks that label themselves as Kaupapa Māori Theory. Particular attention will be paid to developing critical thinking and critical reflection skills. With these skills students will build an understanding of processes and contexts that either support Indigenous groups or risk marginalisation. Students will use this understanding to critique population health practice including teaching, analysis, ethics, research, evaluation and interventions.
Students will be required and supported to read widely on this subject, develop critical reflective practice, and present their work in written and oral presentation formats throughout the course.
This course is designed to assist Indigenous students critique power structures and dynamics and effects.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: MAORIHTH 301 or 701 Restriction: MAORIHTH 702

Course Contacts

Course Director
Dr Donna Cormack
Te Kupenga Hauora Māori 
University of Auckland                                
Phone: 021 844 620

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Public Health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand what is meant by theory and its role in science and academic practice by reflecting on various theoretical positions and how Indigenous peoples are represented within these (Capability 1.1, 2.2 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between science, knowledge, power and academic practice including processes of marginalisation and colonisation (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2 and 6.3)
  3. Describe one’s own theoretical positioning (Capability 2.2 and 6.3)
  4. Describe the origins of Kaupapa Māori theory (Capability 1.1 and 4.1)
  5. Outline positions of Kaupapa Māori theorists and reflect on how these resonate with one’s own worldview (Capability 1.1 and 5.1)
  6. Critically analyse population health approaches using Kaupapa Māori theory (Capability 2.2, 5.2 and 6.1)
  7. Develop skills in critical reflection and self-directed learning (Capability 2.1, 2.2 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reading reflection and class presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Online Reading Reflection 10% Individual Coursework
Critical Discussion 20% Individual Coursework
Critical Self-Reflection 20% Individual Coursework
Essay 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Reading reflection and class presentation
Online Reading Reflection
Critical Discussion
Critical Self-Reflection

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week for the 12 weeks of the semester. 

For this course, you can expect 20 hours of lectures. The rest of the 100 hours will be spent on reading and thinking about the content, and working on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled teaching days. Some of the discussions from scheduled teaching days will be available as recordings. The course may include online events including group discussions/tutorials.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery (with 5 block days).

Learning Resources

Teaching methods include lectures, interactive discussions, on-line discussions and small group work, organised around 5 teaching days. Guest lecturers are involved in the course. Course resources will be available to students online through CANVAS and through the library.

This course is held at Grafton Campus from 9:30am – 1:30pm, with additional course-related activities on some course days in the afternoon (e.g. off-site visits, attendance at relevant seminars).

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.

Digital 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.

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.

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 your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, 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 you may be asked to submit your 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. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.