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PACI201 Contemporary Pacific Island Issues

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.

Paper title Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
Paper code PACI201
Subject Pacific Islands Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PACI 101 or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Ph: (03) 479 8674

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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
A2 Friday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22
A3 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 16-22
A4 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22