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    Contemporary social, political and economic issues affecting peoples living in the Pacific region. Focus on urbanisation, land, poverty, climate change and social issues.

    This paper provides students with the opportunity to understand viewpoints of Pacific peoples on a range of contemporary issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
    Subject Pacific Islands Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PACI 101 or 36 points
    Schedule C
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    Teaching staff

    Dr Michelle Schaaf

    Paper Structure

    100% Internally Assessed

    Key readings will be scanned and placed on Blackboard. There is no printed course reader, although you may find readers from previous years useful. There will also be other suggestions for readings that you can consult online. Students are encouraged to read as widely as possible.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues affecting Pacific peoples
    • Compare and contrast different viewpoints and responses in relation to the stated course objectives
    • Demonstrate knowledge of research skills through a range of media, such as research reports, oral communication tasks, tutorial discussion and essay writing


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
    A2 Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
    A3 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
    A4 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
    A5 Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
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