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PACI101 Pacific Societies

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
Paper code PACI101
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Ph: 03 479 8674

Teaching staff

Dr Jessica Pasisi

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 on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific Societies and an understanding of their development since human settlement of the Pacific
  • Demonstrate insights 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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41