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ANTH205 Contemporary Pacific Cultures

An introduction to the anthropology of contemporary Pacific cultures with reference to how ethnography and theory address representation, social and environmental change in the region.

Pacific cultures have been scrutinised, represented and overdetermined by anthropologists and others both within and outside of the Pacific region for many decades. This course challenges us to reconstruct this legacy of work through a critical study of contemporary representations of the Pacific and the various entanglements of these representations with indigenous, perceived traditional, and colonial pasts.

We consider the notions of belonging and identity for peoples of the Pacific and the challenges in negotiating these identities both collectively from the earliest migrations of Pacific peoples across expansive oceans to individually tracing one's ancestry through time and space. We also examine the Pacific's history of indentured labour and forced migration, the impacts of which are still being felt today. Gender issues in the contemporary Pacific will be a recurring theme throughout this course and we will consider how contemporary globalisation impacts upon a variety of women and their family structures.

We conclude the course by bringing all of these issues together in order to interrogate the contemporary meanings of nation, identity and security for Pacific peoples. We use selected case studies drawn from various national identities and ethnicities in order to explore their relationship with human rights, military bases, resources, poverty, gendered violence and resilience.

Paper title Contemporary Pacific Cultures
Paper code ANTH205
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for all undergraduate students.Very suitable for students in Anthropology and Archaeology. This paper can also be taken as part of the major or minor in Pacific Studies. It is an approved paper in the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Development.
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Richard Walter
Paper Structure
ANTH 205 surveys Contemporary Pacific Cultures from an anthropological perspective. The paper also locates Pacific cultures against the Pacific's colonial history and contemporary globalisation.Modules that may be covered include: Representing and Reconstructing Pacific Cultures; Belonging and Identity; Labour and Forced Migration; Gender; Human Insecurity; Ethnicity and National Identity.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials.Lectures are podcast.We use the web-based study resource, Blackboard. We will not be using all the facilities that Blackboard offers, relying on it mainly to proivde basic resources, such as lecture outlines, supplementary readings and links to other web-based resources.
Textbooks
Key readings will be on e-reserve. There is no text book.
Learning Outcomes
  • An awareness of the diversity of Pacific cultures and an understanding of the historical and contemporary issues faced by Pacific societies
  • An introduction to anthropological understandings and ethnographies of Pacific peoples
  • A critical understanding of the complex problems faced in the contemporary Pacific
  • Challenging stereotypes and representation about Pacific peoples and Oceania
  • Developing the ability to critically read, assess literature and synthesise this into concise arguments
  • To gain confidence and excellent skills in essay writing
  • Preparation for higher level courses in anthropology and the humanities
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, information literacy, research, self-motivation, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, information literacy, research, self-motivation.
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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
T2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
T3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

An introduction to the anthropology of contemporary Pacific cultures with reference to how ethnography and theory address representation, social and environmental change in the region.

Pacific cultures have been scrutinised, represented and overdetermined by anthropologists and others both within and outside of the Pacific region for many decades. This paper challenges us to reconstruct this legacy of work through a critical study of contemporary representations of the Pacific and the various entanglements of these representations with indigenous, perceived traditional, and colonial pasts.

We consider the notions of belonging and identity for peoples of the Pacific and the challenges in negotiating these identities both collectively from the earliest migrations of Pacific peoples across expansive oceans to individually tracing one's ancestry through time and space. We also examine the Pacific's history of indentured labour and forced migration, the impacts of which are still being felt today. Gender issues in the contemporary Pacific will be a recurring theme throughout this paper, and we will consider how contemporary globalisation impacts upon a variety of women and their family structures.

We conclude the paper by bringing all of these issues together in order to interrogate the contemporary meanings of nation, identity and security for Pacific peoples. We use selected case studies drawn from various national identities and ethnicities in order to explore their relationship with human rights, military bases, resources, poverty, gendered violence and resilience.

Paper title Anthropology and the Contemporary Pacific
Paper code ANTH205
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
ANTH 103 or ANTH 105 or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for all undergraduate students.Very suitable for students in Anthropology and Archaeology. This paper can also be taken as part of the major or minor in Pacific Studies. It is an approved paper in the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Development.
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Richard Walter
Paper Structure
ANTH 205 surveys contemporary Pacific cultures from an anthropological perspective. The paper also locates Pacific cultures against the Pacific's colonial history and contemporary globalisation.Modules that may be covered include:
  • Representing and Reconstructing Pacific Cultures
  • Belonging and Identity
  • Labour and Forced Migration
  • Gender
  • Human Insecurity
  • Ethnicity and National Identity.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and tutorials. Lectures are podcast.We use the web-based study resource, Blackboard. We will not be using all the facilities that Blackboard offers, relying on it mainly to proivde basic resources, such as lecture outlines, supplementary readings and links to other web-based resources.
Textbooks
Key readings will be on e-reserve. There is no textbook.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • An awareness of the diversity of Pacific cultures and an understanding of the historical and contemporary issues faced by Pacific societies
  • An introduction to anthropological understandings and ethnographies of Pacific peoples
  • A critical understanding of the complex problems faced in the contemporary Pacific
  • Challenging stereotypes and representation about Pacific peoples and Oceania
  • Developing the ability to critically read, assess literature and synthesise this into concise arguments
  • To gain confidence and excellent skills in essay writing
  • Preparation for higher level papers in anthropology and the humanities

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard