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PACI210 Special Topic: Pacific Bodies: Pacific Worlds

Representations of the Pacific body through the media have often been negative (unmotivated, unhealthy, violent) and marginalising (colourful, exotic, natural and free). This paper examines Western views and Indigenous notions of the Pacific body and how these notions have evolved over time. The paper will also explore physical and cultural processes and practices associated with the Pacific body, such as migration, sport, bestowal of a chiefly title and kava ceremony. Students will be encouraged to scrutinise differing 'notions' of the Pacific body by using various genres of media (such as television, newspaper, advertising, film, documentary, music).

Paper title Special Topic: Pacific Bodies: Pacific Worlds
Paper code PACI210
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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PACI 101 or 18 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Dr Michelle Schaaf
Paper Structure
Internal Assessments 60%:
  1. Weekly Key Concepts questions (KCQ) 15%
  2. Essay Proposal 15%
  3. Research Essay 30%
Final Examination 40%
A course book with selected readings will be available for use in the Central Library on reserve. This course reader will also be available for purchase from the School office (the price of the course book has yet to be confirmed).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students on the completion of this paper will be able to
  1. Identify Western and Pacific notions of the Pacific body
  2. Demonstrate an insight into certain physical, spiritual and cultural practices and rituals associated with the Pacific body
  3. Analyse media representations of the Pacific body and their impact upon Pacific peoples through journal entries, an essay, a presentation and discussion groups

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22