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    An exploration of key issues facing Christian churches in the Moana Pacific region and the distinct approaches of Christians in the Moana to the living out of Christian life.

    This paper will explore issues of life and faith among Pacific peoples, investigate the importance of the church in Pacific cultures and consider the challenges faced by Pacific peoples in the New Zealand context.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic
    Subject Pastoral Studies
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 200-level points
    PAST 225
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology

    Suitable for students who familiarity with and an interest in Christian Theology and / or Pacific Cultures.


    Teaching staff

    Lecturer: Revd Dr Latuivai Kioa Latu

    Coordinator:Revd Professor Murray Rae

    Teaching Arrangements

    For campus students the paper will be taught through one two hour lecture per week.

    For distance students the paper will be taught through fortnightly videoconferences.


    Readings will be provided through a Course Reader.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Research,Scholarship,Critical Thinking,Global Perspective,Cultural Understanding, Information Literacy,Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the distinct insight and interpretation of Christian faith generated by Moana Pacific knowledge and ways of understanding.
    2. Describe the key role played by the Christian church in the life of Moana Pacific communities.
    3. Evaluate selected challenges and issues facing Christian churches in the Moana Pacific region.
    4. Critically engage with the distinct methods, theories and contrasting view points of a range of Moana Pacific theologies.


    Semester 2

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