Pacific Studies

TFCPAC 91F Foundation Pacific Studies

The objective of this course is to introduce essential knowledge of the Pacific, its cultures and peoples. The course also explores the core practices and concepts of interdisciplinary Pacific Studies. We will provide a foundation of knowledge of Pacific cultures, languages, history, geography and politics, and introduce students to some core Pacific Studies concepts such as fa’aalo’alo/faka’apa’apa, diaspora, Oceania, identity, and culture. Students will gain familiarity with the history and purposes of Pacific Studies and work with some accessible forms of indigenous Pacific knowledge.


  • Coursework: 60%
  • Final Exam: 40%


  • Lecture: two one-hour lecture per week
  • Tutorial: two one-hour tutorials per week