An introduction to selected Pacific societies in traditional and contemporary contexts, with a focus on indigenous perspectives.
The paper will provide a basic understanding of issues and themes pertaining to Pacific Societies, such as pre-history, traditional history, language, leadership, gender roles, colonisation, migration and identity. Students will be introduced to particular Pacific Societies using case studies focusing on selected themes - such as land, environment, religion, colonisation and post-colonial issues, such as modern political change and urbanisation - as well as examining political, economic, social and cultural issues in traditional and contemporary contexts.
|Paper title||Pacific Societies|
|Subject||Pacific Islands Studies|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies' website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Alumita Durutalo
- Paper Structure
- This paper will look at selected topics presented in two 50-minute lectures each week, with discussions of the associated readings and issues at weekly small class tutorials.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Internal Assessment 50%
- Final Examination 50%
- Readings will be advised in the course outline, which will be available at the first lecture and online.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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- Learning Outcomes
- On completion of this paper, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of Pacific Societies and an understanding of their development since human settlement of the Pacific
- Demonstrate some insight into Pacific Societies from an indigenous perspective
- Demonstrate an understanding of political, social and cultural issues in Pacific Societies, both in traditional and contemporary contexts