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HIST208 Pacific Islands to c. 1900

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The Pacific Islands in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries prior to European colonisation. Focuses on contact between indigenous societies and a range of European agents.

This paper examines the history of the Pacific Islands' peoples in the two most populous areas, Melanesia and Polynesia, with some aspects of Micronesia. It concentrates on the period of early contact of island peoples with foreigners from distant places (i.e. before colonial powers annexed various island groups). For most areas this happened in the 1880s or 1890s. The paper then finishes c. 1900, when most of the islands were annexed and/or colonised by one or another of the European powers, including the USA.

Paper title Pacific Islands to c. 1900
Paper code HIST208
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Professor Judith Bennett
Campbell, Ian. Worlds Apart: A history of the Pacific Islands Second Edition, Christchurch, 2011.

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Learn skills in academic writing and communication
  • Learn the basics of evaluating sources, particularly electronic ones

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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