• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, History, Pacific Studies, Climate, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Christopher Ballard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course introduces students to the Pacific region and to the wealth of Pacific knowledge, resources and institutions at ANU and in Canberra more broadly. Pacific Worlds will be explored in seminar format and in dialogue with selected scholars and policy-makers, and through visits to institutions such as the National Library, National Archives, and National Gallery of Australia. It will provide students with an exciting opportunity to experience the ways in which the Pacific has been to the development and contemporary cultural, scholarly and political priorities of former colonial powers, including Australia. The course will highlight the ways in which Pacific Islanders themselves have responded critically to these uneven relationships and how documentation and collection practices in Australian institutions reflect these political dynamics. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the Pacific in terms of its environmental, cultural and political features at the local, national, and regional levels (Online discussion forum and Leading/ participating in tutorials). 
2. Explain the critical representations and issues that have shaped the contemporary Pacific (Online discussion forum, Policy brief and Exhibition Review). 
3. Present a mini Pacific research project engaging Pacific collections, policy-makers, scholars or artists in multimedia mode (Student Presentations and Presentation Topic Outline).
4. Analyse and suggest creative responses to current challenges facing Pacific peoples (Online discussion forum, Policy brief and Presentation Topic Outline).

Indicative Assessment

Leading tutorial discussion in class (10%)

Online discussion forum (10%)

Essay 1, 1500 words (25%)

Essay 2, 1500 words (25%)

Student Presentations (15%) and Topic Outline (15%)

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Workload

Contact hours for this course are 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week. Students are also expected to spend an additional 7-8 hours of independent study per week on class readings, tutorial preparation, group research and assignments.

Preliminary Reading

Hau'ofa, Epeli 1994. "Our Sea of Islands." The Contemporary Pacific 6:147–161.

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8847 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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