• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies

Syllabus: This course introduces students to the histories, key terms and approaches shaping the dynamic field of Pacific Studies. It outlines the ways in which Oceania has been mapped, represented and approached in scholarly and popular knowledge and emphasizes the complexity and diversity of this region. It provides an introduction in particular to the ways in which Australia and New   Zealand interact with the Pacific and a comparative lens on the position of Pacific Islander communities within these two countries. Indigenous Pacific Islander approaches to engaging and learning Oceania are particularly highlighted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

In order to pass this course you must attend all tutorials and submit all written 

assessment. You cannot pass the course if you miss one of these components.  

At the end of this course students will have been provided with the tools to:  

• Demonstrate an understanding of the history and contemporary nature of 

Pacific regionalism and Australia's historical and policy role in this process.  

• Evaluate and critique the various ways in which the region and Pacific Island 

peoples have been mapped and represented in various disciplines and popular 


• Comprehend and describe the nature of transdisciplinary Pacific Studies in 

comparison with single-disciplinary approaches.   

• Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity and diversity of Oceania in terms 

of history, culture, development, environment, migration, gender relations, the 

arts and politics through group research projects.  

• Facilitate and lead discussions on contemporary Pacific issues with peers. 

Indicative Assessment

In order to pass this course you must attend all tutorials and submit all written assessment. You cannot pass the course if you miss one of these components. 

Assignment 1: Attendance and Participation - Reflections of Oceania Up to one page outline (15%)  

Assignment 2: Relations and connections in Oceania 1200 – 1500 Word Review [Graduate students 2000] (15%) 

Assignment 3: Imagining Oceania 2000 Word Essay [2500 for graduate students] (20%) 

Assignment 4: Wan Kanu Research  Group Project Presentation- multimedia (20%) 

Assignment 5: Final Take-home exam- 2000 words plus relevant images or artwork  (30%) 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed PASI2001.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed Text: Web CT based readings will be available as well as directions to online Pacific resources.


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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4504 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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