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    Surveys key forces of change in the Pacific world, from first human settlement to the nuclear age.

    The Pacific Ocean encompasses one-third of the earth’s surface, and more than one-third of humanity lives on its shores and islands. This paper explores the diverse histories of the Pacific by following the movement of people, things and ideas - between islands, with nations on the ocean’s rim and with the wider world. Key themes include maritime explorations, cross-cultural encounters, colonial rule and political, social and environmental change.

    About this paper

    Paper title An Introduction to Pacific History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with HIST 231 taken in 2021 and 2022.

    Dr Frances Steel -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Frances Steel

    Course materials will be made available electronically.
    Course outline

    Available via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this paper students will have:

    • Demonstrated a foundational understanding of the historical processes and influences shaping the Pacific region
    • Developed an appreciation of the diversity and range of historical experience of particular cultures and groups of people across the Pacific
    • Demonstrated an ability to evaluate the changing approaches to the construction and writing of Pacific history


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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