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    An investigation of Moana Pasifika theological knowledge and understanding.

    This paper will explore Christian Theology from the perspective of Moana Pasifika peoples. It will examine the origins and development of Christian faith in the Pacific, engage theological voices from the Pacific, and explore the reading of the Bible through a Pacific lens.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Moana Pasifika Theology
    Subject Christian Thought and History
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (11 February 2024 - 31 May 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 100-level points
    CHTH 337
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology

    Students taking the paper will be expected to have completed at least one paper at tertiary level.


    Teaching staff

    The paper will be taught in 2024 by Dr Therese Lautua. The paper Coordinator is Murray Rae

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of four modules:

    • An Introduction to Moana Pasifika History and Culture prior to European contact.
    • The Framework of Moana Pasifika Theological Thinking: Atua, Moana, Fanua, and Tagata.
    • Engaging Scriptures with the Moana Pasifika.
    • Faith and Theology in the Church Malaga (‘Journey’).

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper will be taught as a one week intensive in Dunedin from February 11-15th with assignments throughout semester 1. Attendance at the Intensive course is compulsory.


    There will be a course book and essential readings will be available on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Life-long Learning, Information Literacy and Research, Environmental Literacy, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural Understanding

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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate familiarity with Moana Pasifika history and culture.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the distinct insight and interpretation of Christian Scripture generated by Moana Pasifika knowledge and ways of understanding.
    • Identify and analyse the connection between Atua, Moana, Fanua, and Tagata in Moana Pasifika theological understanding.
    • Appreciate the nature and significance of the Talanoa methodology in Moana Pasifika theology.
    • Understand the key role played by the Christian church in the life of Moana Pasifika communities.


    Semester 1 (11 February 2024 - 31 May 2024)

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