Pacific Islands Studies is offered as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and is a multi-disciplinary degree taught across several departments. Our aim is to provide the very best education on a range of topics relating to the islands within Oceania including social issues, dance, politics and history. Papers in the course cover topics such as Pacific prehistory, Pacific people's issues, Pacific performing arts, Pacific history, Pacific religions, intercultural film and media studies as well as music, politics and the Fijian language. These papers make up a unique programme with a multi-disciplinary orientation that examines contemporary issues of importance to Pacific peoples, including New Zealanders. The course covers the geographical area of Oceania specifically Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.
The focus of the programme is within the Pacific countries themselves and presents Indigenous local, historical and contemporary perspectives. Some papers also look at Pacific Island communities living in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Pacific Islands Studies can be taken both as a major and minor subject within the Bachelor of Arts, and combines well with other papers from a wider range of subjects, including Anthropology, Music, Community and Family Studies, Geography, History, Politics and languages.