Pacific Studies

Your destination: Degree-level study at UoA

We aim to develop students' knowledge and awareness of the history and diversity of Pacific peoples. We also explore contemporary issues of the Pacific and of Pacific people who have settled in other lands, especially Aotearoa. You will learn about Pacific cultures, identities and experiences as well as exploring Pacific histories, health and wellbeing, social anthropology, dance, and performance. Three language options are also available: Samoan, Cook Islands Reo, and Tongan.

Whether you wish to increase your cultural competency, your understanding of contemporary Pacific experiences, or your knowledge of language, history and politics – Pacific Studies has something for you. With lecturers who are leaders in their fields and renowned for their expertise, our courses are world-class.

Begin your journey into Pacific Studies by way of the TFC:

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 lectures per week
  • Tutorial: two one-hour tutorials per week