PACIFIC 100G Introduction to Pacific Studies

PACIFIC 100G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2019 | City Campus


This course introduces Pacific Studies, using the twin perspectives of language and indigenous knowledges as a framework for the expression and understanding of Pacific cultures. Topics covered include language, cultural identity, indigenous knowledge, visual and performing arts, history and political economy.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • Understand the fundamental elements of the Pacific.
  • Learn about Pacific Studies as a means of inquiry and knowledge.
  • Gain a sound, introductory knowledge of what has happened in the past in the Pacific: the outlines, contours and scope of its histories.
  • Understand how many of these different particular elements of the Pacific are interwoven with each other; how the contemporary Pacific is constituted as both continuous with, and a break from, Pacific pasts.
  • Understand the fundamental actors and issues that mediate Oceania’s place in regional, global and globalised developments.
  • Be aware of the most critical and urgent contemporary concerns of Oceania.


Tests of 15 minutes each (15% total)
Unit tests (12%; 4 at 3% each)
Map test (3%)
Essay proposal of 300-500 words (5%)
Essay of 1500 words (25%)
Tutorial presentation/reading analysis (5%)
Two-hour examination of 2000 words (50%)
Total: 4000 words (100%)

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