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    The Pacific diaspora living in New Zealand, including issues such as identity, culture, spirituality, education and contemporary music.

    The aim of this paper is to reinforce the presence and significance of Pacific People's issues within New Zealand and introduce students to a Pacific worldview as a platform to understanding the representation of Pacific People's issues by Western culture objectives. It will enable students to evaluate their attitudes to their own ethnicity by analysing Pacific people's issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Gafa o Tagata Pasifika - Pacific Diaspora in New Zealand
    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.
    18 200-level ANTH, EDUC, MAOR, MUSI, PACI, RELS or SOWK points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
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    Teaching staff
    Dr Michelle Schaaf
    Paper Structure
    Internal assessment 100%.
    Readings are prescribed for each class and will be listed in the course outline, which will be available at the first lecture.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific People's issues in contemporary contexts, with particular reference to New Zealand
    • Compare and contrast their own life experiences in relation to the stated course objectives
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of research skills through a range of mediums, such as discussion board posts, oral communication tasks, creative writing and essay writing
    • Facilitate discussion in small groups on Pacific People's issues


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
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