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PACI490 Dissertation

A dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved research topic.

A supervised research dissertation on an approved topic is expected to comprise both primary and secondary sources and to embody some original research. A dissertation should show some originality of thought, coherence of structure, clarity of argument and excellence of expression (including format).

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code PACI490
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,620.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PACI 301 and 54 300-level ANTH, ARTH, ARTV, CHTH, GEOG, HIST, MAOR or MUSI points
Limited to
PGDipArts, BA(Hons)
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Teaching staff

The Postgraduate Studies Committee approves the dissertation topic and supervisor(s). Depending on the topic proposed one or two supervisor(s) are appointed, at least one of whom is a member of the School.

Paper Structure


Teaching Arrangements



Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
The dissertation is intended to demonstrate a student's ability to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of an academic staff member.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system