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PACI410 Special Topic: Indigenous Leadership in the Pacific

A political and historical perspective on leadership in the Pacific and how indigenous Pacific people are affected by and also influence leadership processes and changes in their communities, societies and states. Analysis of leadership theories and models for their relevance in specific societal and state contexts from the Pacific.

Leadership was what enabled indigenous Māori/Pasifika people to conquer the largest ocean in the world through their pioneering sea voyages and to build closely knit, highly resilient and functional communities wherever they settled.

In emphasising the importance of leadership in terms of the symbiotic relationship between leader and people, an Indigenous Fijian leadership philosophy states: A tamata ni turaga, a turaga ni tamata” (people belong to the chiefly leader and the chiefly leader belongs to the people). Both need each other for survival.

This course will provide a political/historical perspective on leadership transition and evolution in the Pacific and how indigenous Māori and Pacific people are affected by and also influence leadership processes and changes in their communities, societies and states. Leadership theories and models will be analysed for their relevance in specific societal and state contexts. Focus will be on selected case studies from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Paper title Special Topic: Indigenous Leadership in the Pacific
Paper code PACI410
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,120.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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Prerequisite
PACI 301 or PACI 310 or 36 300-level ANTH, GEND, HIST or MAOR points
Contact
maori.studies@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Alumita Durutalo
Textbooks

Readings will be provided on Blackboard

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

 

  • Demonstrate and be able to discuss the evolution of Māori/Pacific Societies’ Leadership systems based on indigenous epistemologies and knowledge systems.
  • Be able to identify agents of leadership change and their impact on Māori/Pacific people.
  • Be able to discuss Māori/Pacific leadership dynamics from within the Pacific itself and how these facilitate the emergence of certain specific leadership practices and models.
  • Be able to identify issues emerging from Māori/Pacific leadership systems and how these affect the people.
  • Be able to identify and discuss possible solutions to issues regarding Māori/Pacific Leadership systems in terms of theories and models.
Paper Structure

100% Internally Assessed

Assignement 1 - Essay 2500 words 25%

Assignment 2 - Essay 2500 workds 25 %

Assignment 3 - Mini Research Project on a 20th or 21st century Maori/Pacific Leader 3000 words 35%

Research Presentaation 15%

 

Teaching Arrangements

This course will focus on selected topics presented in a two, one hour lecture each week, with discussions of the associated readings and issues at weekly small class tutorials. A topic by topic approach has been adopted in order to explore themes relevant to this course.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41