• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code PAST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Pacific Studies Major

The Pacific Studies major employs an interdisciplinary framework to explore important historical and contemporary issues in Oceania, and to critically examine the ways in which knowledge about the region, and the region itself, have been framed, constructed and represented. The major provides students with a deep understanding of the cultural, social, geographic and political diversity of Oceania, and the richness of perspectives on it, with a particular focus on indigenous epistemologies and voices. Australia’s historical and contemporary engagements with Oceania are critically examined from a range of vantage points. Students also engage with scholarly and policy debates of critical contemporary concern in the region, including those around gender, climate change, globalization, the arts, development, and peace, conflict and intervention. The enormous linguistic diversity of Oceania is reflected in the core courses of the major, all of which are infused with indigenous voices and languages. Electives provide students with opportunities to further explore the Pacific through the disciplinary lenses of archaeology, anthropology, political science, literature and philosophy.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PASI1011 Navigating Pacific Studies Online Course 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific OR 6
ASIA1030 The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific 6

A maximum of 24 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH2005 The Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders 6
ARCH3019 Topics in Pacific Archaeology 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
FREN2022 French Literature and The Pacific 6
FREN2026 New Caledonia: Field Work and Research 6
HIST2231 Exploration: Columbus to the Moon 6
PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific 6
PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
PASI2020 An introduction to Languages of the Pacific 6
PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development 6
PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School 6
PASI3006 Navigating the Pacific: Mapping the study and research resources 6
POLS2055 Pacific Politics 6
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