• Offered by State, Society & Governance in Melanesia
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Margaret Keen
    • Siobhan McDonnell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific (PASI6003)

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

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

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

Reflective Writing Pieces (5 x 700 words) - 30%
Case Study Group Project - 25%
Case Study Position Statements (2 x 1000 words) - 15%
Research Essay (2500 words) - 20%
Participation -10%

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Three contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2960 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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