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PACI401 Tinā Pasifika - Women in Polynesian Communities

Indigenous women's roles (traditional and contemporary) within selected Polynesian communities. Topics include birthing practices, kinship and relationship practices, and female physicality.

This paper is intended to serve as a critical examination of the role of Polynesian women within their respective Polynesian cultural domains and how this role may have evolved over time. The paper will explore several interrelated themes, including the representation of Polynesian women through print and the media, such as "postcard" images.

Paper title Tinā Pasifika - Women in Polynesian Communities
Paper code PACI401
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PACI 301 or PACI 310 or 36 300-level ANTH, GEND, HIST or MAOR points
MAOR 416, PACX 401

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Teaching staff
Dr Michelle Schaaf
Paper Structure

Internal assessment 100%.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely

Readings will be advised in the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the significance of Polynesian women in the Pacific.
  • 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 the visual and/or performing arts, oral and aural forms of communication.
  • Lead an entire online class, both through the online presentation and the facilitation of online classroom discussions.

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Semester 1

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


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22