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PACI402 Resource Conservation and Environment in the Pacific

Examines Pacific environments to seek an understanding of management of island environments and pressures brought about by issues such as climate change, urban growth, economic development and political tension.

Utilising an interdisciplinary approach drawn largely from geography, anthropology and political studies, this paper will examine resource conservation and management in the Pacific, changes in practices over time, and the pressures facing the nations within the context of changing economic, social and political circumstances. The role of aid agencies and global conventions and meetings will be analysed for their impact on the indigenous peoples of the island nations of the Pacific. At the same time, the significance of the Pacific countries' regional bodies and representatives on the global stage will be assessed, both at the international level, as well as within the countries themselves.

Paper title Resource Conservation and Environment in the Pacific
Paper code PACI402
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PACI 301 or PACI 310 or 36 300-level ANTH, GEND, HIST or MAOR points
PACX 402

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered.

Paper Structure
There will be a two-hour lecture/seminar each week. The course lecturer will introduce the topic, and the students will participate, either by presenting findings on aspects of the topic or debating issues. Each student will present at least one seminar, leading the class through the literature and issues. There may be guest speakers when available. One additional seminar slot will be available for presentations, guests and relevant documentaries.
Teaching Arrangements

Internal assessment 100%.

Distance only - class meets online on Monday afternoons 3:00 - 4:50 pm.


Recommended reading will be advised throughout the paper and on the course outline, which will be available at the beginning of the semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Develop and provide a Pacific worldview as a means of understanding the representation of 'environment' in the Pacific context.
  • Critically examine the contested understandings and interpretations of environment and resources and to challenge themes such as 'sustainability', 'traditional ecological knowledge', etc.
  • Place environment in the wider context of social, economic and political change.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system