• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code PAST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Pacific Studies minor employs an interdisciplinary framework to introduce historical and contemporary issues in Oceania. It also offers a basic framework to examine the ways in which knowledge about the region, and the region itself, have been framed, constructed and represented, with a particular focus on indigenous epistemologies and voices. Students engage with scholarly and policy debates of critical contemporary importance in the region, including gender, climate change, globalization, the arts, development, and peace, conflict and intervention. The minor provides students with opportunities to further explore the Pacific through the disciplinary lenses of archaeology, anthropology, indigenous studies, political science, literature, philosophy, and visual arts.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.     Explain historical and current events and developments that have shaped the Pacific,

2.     Identify the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of the Pacific,

3.     Explain developments in the Pacific in their regional and global context,

4.     Understand the basic processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about the Pacific has developed.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

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

Code Title Units
PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An introduction to Pacific Studies 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6

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

Code Title Units
PASI1012 Pacific Worlds: critical inquiry in Oceania 6
ARCH2005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders 6
ASIA2087 Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia 6
ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA3053 The Death of God in the Asia-Pacific 6
FREN2022 French Literature and The Pacific 6
FREN2026 New Caledonia: Field Work and Research 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific 6
WARS2004 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
PASI2010 Talking the Pacific: Melanesian pidgins and creoles in social context 6
PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development 6
PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School 6
POLS2055 Pacific Politics 6
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands 6
ENVS2005 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School 6-12
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