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PACI301 Gafa o Tagata Pasifika - Pacific Diaspora in New Zealand

The Pacific diaspora living in New Zealand, including issues such as identity, culture, spirituality, education and contemporary music.

The aim of this paper is to reinforce the presence and significance of Pacific People's issues within New Zealand and introduce students to a Pacific worldview as a platform to understanding the representation of Pacific People's issues by Western culture objectives. It will enable students to evaluate their attitudes to their own ethnicity by analysing Pacific people's issues.

Paper title Gafa o Tagata Pasifika - Pacific Diaspora in New Zealand
Paper code PACI301
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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18 200-level ANTH, EDUC, MAOR, MUSI, PACI, RELS or SOWK points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Ph: (03) 479 8674

Teaching staff
Dr Michelle Schaaf
Paper Structure
Internal assessment 100%.
Readings are prescribed for each class and will be listed in the course outline, which will be available at the first lecture.
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 People's issues in contemporary contexts, with particular reference to New Zealand
  • Compare and contrast their own life experiences in relation to the stated course objectives
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of research skills through a range of mediums, such as discussion board posts, oral communication tasks, creative writing and essay writing
  • Facilitate discussion in small groups on Pacific People's issues

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41