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HIST231 Special Topic: An Introduction to Pacific History

A history of the Pacific, from first human settlement to the late twentieth century.

The Pacific Ocean encompasses one-third of the earth’s surface, and more than one-third of humanity lives on its shores and islands. This paper explores the diverse histories of the Pacific by following the movement of people, things and ideas - between islands, with nations on the ocean’s rim and with the wider world. Key themes include maritime explorations, cross-cultural encounters, colonial rule and political, social and environmental change.

Paper title Special Topic: An Introduction to Pacific History
Paper code HIST231
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Dr Frances Steel -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Frances Steel

Course materials will be made available electronically.
Course outline

Available via Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this paper students will have:

  • Demonstrated a foundational understanding of the historical processes and influences shaping the Pacific region
  • Developed an appreciation of the diversity and range of historical experience of particular cultures and groups of people across the Pacific
  • Demonstrated an ability to evaluate the changing approaches to the construction and writing of Pacific history

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system