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Australian National University

  • Code PASI2003
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Pyone Myat Thu
    • Dr Timothy Sharp

The course examines the contemporary relationships between environment, development and conflict in the culture area known as "Melanesia", with a particular focus on the independant nations of Papua New Guinea, Soloman Islands and Vanuatu. It also looks at Australia's engagements with the region.

The course engages the disciplinary lenses of geography, anthropology and to a lesser extent, political science. A number of guest lectures are given by leading Pacific Islands scholars of the ANU.

Teaching and learning are organised around three case studies in which groups of students take the lead in directing the enquiry. The broad topics of the case studies are land and development, conflict, and Austalia's engagements with Melanesia.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of the course students will be able to:

Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity and complexity of perspectives on key resource management, development, and peace and conflict issues in Melanesia;

Describe and critique a number of different perspectives on these issues;

Articulate their own positions within scholarly and policy debates, and critically reflect on how their thinking has changed and evolved;

Apply some of the tools and methodological approaches of geography and anthropology.

Indicative Assessment

Attendance and participation (10%)

Reflective writing pieces ( 7 x 500 words)  (30%)

Group project (30%)

Position statements ( 2 x 1000 words) (30%)


Three contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.






Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. 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.

6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246


First Semester, 2014

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
3588 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014

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