• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course PASI6005

The course introduces students to the Pacific through practical engagement with the islands. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first hand experience. The in-country work will include fieldtrips, practical assignments and formal classes and tutorials given by staff from ANU. The course focuses on understanding the complex relationships between development, tangible and intangible heritage and cultural production.

Students will have the opportunity to experience and contribute to practical issues in the culture and heritage field including the visual and performing arts, the environment, education, development and policy work. Where possible, students will be incorporated into related in-country research projects with the appropriate ethics approval and meeting the required OH&S standards.

The course involves 4-5 weeks of intensive teaching and field experience including preparatory lectures and workshops at ANU before departure for the Pacific. We seek to run it as a topics course with options for offerings in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Hawai'i, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should minimally be able to:

  1. Recognise and discuss the significance of culture and heritage to Pacific Islands societies and development issues.
  2. Analyse and reflect on the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of culture, heritage and the arts in the Pacific with respect to the relevant literature.
  3. Evaluate and report on their practical experience in the culture and heritage sector.

Other Information

Please note that this is an in country study tour course. Enrolment in this course will be through the terradotta studio abroad site (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/) as a Short Program. Students are required to register on the system in order to apply for the course. There are a number of scholarships and grants available for student who undertake this course in order to assist them to go. Please contact the CAP student centre  (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for  more information.

Indicative Assessment

Learning Journal, 1500-2000 words and photographs (20%)

Tracking Practical Skills, 1000 words (10%)

In-country Assignment (30%)

Final essay, 3000 words (40%)

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Workload

For a two-week Pacific field school course workload is 8 hours of pre-departure meetings and discussions; and in-country: 8 hours of tutorials and lectures, and 60 hours on practical assignments, excursions and assessment. Post-field school research and writing for the final essay is approximately 30 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses. This course is incompatible PASI6005.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Antony Hooper, ed. (2005) Culture and Sustainable Development in the Pacific ANU EPress

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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