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PACI210 Special Topic: Pacific Education

Introduction to Pacific education in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Focus is on education’s impact on Pacific people’s academic achievement and lives in a globalised world.

This paper offers an introduction to Pacific Education in New Zealand and the Pacific region. The focus is on education and knowledge systems in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and the impacts of these systems on Pacific peoples' academic achievement.

Paper title Special Topic: Pacific Education
Paper code PACI210
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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PACI 101 or 18 points relevant to the Pacific Islands in ANTH, GEND, GEOG, HIST or MFCO
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Ph: 03 479 8674

Teaching staff

Dr Telesia Kalavite

Paper Structure

This course will look at selected topics over one 2-hour lecture each week, with discussions on the associated readings and issues in small class tutorials once a week.

Teaching Arrangements
  • Internal Assessments 60%
  • Final Examination 40%

Readings will be advised on a course outline that will be available on Blackboard through e-Reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Discuss the purposes of Education for Pacific peoples in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
  • Demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand and Pacific Islands education and knowledge systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Pacific Education in New Zealand
  • Critically analyse Pacific peoples academic performances in New Zealand education

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41