- Class Number 4687
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
- Dr George Carter
- Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
Pacific encounters provides an introduction into the debates about theory and practice that shape how we conceptualise and think about the Pacific region and its peoples. The course is built around three learning modules - the past, present and future. In the past we come to understand the voyages that brought people to the region and the stories they tell about their journeys. We investigate colonisation, the impact it had and still has on the region, and the different ways it can be understood. In the recent present we examine the new voyages that Pacific people have taken into places like Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In doing so we look at how people move within and between these new boundaries and how Pacific cultures and identities have evolved over time and place. Finally, we bring all of these themes together by examining how the past and the present can help us imagine the future.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who complete the assessment tasks in this course successfully will be able to:
- Describe Pacific issues from a diverse range of perspectives and ways of knowing in multi-cultural settings.
- Discuss topical issues with peers with reference to relevant course material.
- Present a clear and coherent written argument using appropriate academic skills.
- Recognise that unstated and taken-for-granted assumptions frame the ways we interpret events and map the region and its people.
This course is taught using research primarily conducted by scholars within the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU and Pacific island scholars elsewhere. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in the topics covered in the course from active academics in Pacific research. The aim of the course is to encourage students to strengthen their knowledge using practical case studies and to teach applicable research skills that are important to know when conducting research within the Pacific region.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Pacific connections to indigenous Australia|
|2||Cultures and social structures of the Pacific|
|3||Colonisation and religion - help or hindrance?||Assessment 1 due: Critical reflection|
|4||The road to independence|
|5||What is the Pacific region?|
|6||The Pacific and its neighbours|
|7||ANZAC Day||Assessment 2 due: Academic article review|
|8||Environment and climate resilience|
|9||Economic empowerment and sustainable development|
|10||Representations of shifting identities|
|11||Popular culture and resistance||Assessment 3 due: Research essay|
|12||Encountering the Pacific|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Critical reflection||20 %||14/03/2019||21/03/2019||1,3|
|Critical reflection||20 %||23/04/2019||30/04/2019||1,3,4|
|Research essay||25 %||23/05/2019||30/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Student attendance for the tutorial will be recorded. Please ensure you email the course convener or lecturer BEFORE the tutorial if you have a legitimate reason for not making a tutorial.
Tutorial attendance is considered essential for achieving the learning outcomes set for this course.
Full marks will be given for attending every tutorial, leading a discussion and for active participation in tutorial activities.
Students will have 48 hours to write a 1,500 word essay. Students will have four essay questions to choose from.
This examination will draw on previous assessments in the course
The questions will become available during the examination period via Wattle on the TAKE HOME ESSAY tab.
The examination is from Wednesday 12 June 2019 1800 to Friday 14 June 2019 1800.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
For this assessment you will be required to submit a 1,000-word reflection piece on either:
What is your experience of the Pacific?
What do you know about the Pacific?
Word limit: 1,000 words
Due date: 14 March 2019
Estimated return date: 21 March 2019
Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4
For this assessment you will be required to submit a 1,000-word academic article review of ONE of the following academic articles:
Hau‘ofa, E 1993, ‘Our Sea of Islands’, in V Naidu, E Waddell & E Hau‘ofa (eds), A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands, School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, Suva.
Teaiwa, T 2006, On analogies: Rethinking the Pacific in a Global Context. The Contemporary Pacific, 18(1), pp. 71-88.
Wesley-Smith, T 2016, Rethinking Pacific Islands Studies Twenty Years On. The Contemporary Pacific, 28(1), p.153-167.
Whimp, G 2008, Interdisciplinarity and Pacific studies: roots and routes. The Contemporary Pacific, 20(2), 397-421.
This may take the form of short paragraphs or carefully crafted bullet points with subheadings. You should include a short critical evaluation or critical personal response to the content of the reading. That is, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the readings.
Word limit (where applicable): 1000 words
Due date: 23 April 2019
Return date: 30 April 2019
Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Students will be required to write a 1,500 word research essay from a choice of four essay questions.
Word limit (where applicable): 1500 words
Due date: 23 May 2019
Estimated return date: 30 May 2019
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Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
Dr George Carter