• 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
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. Describe Pacific issues from a diverse range of perspectives and ways of knowing in multi-cultural settings.
  2. Discuss topical issues with peers with reference to relevant course material.
  3. Present a clear and coherent written argument using appropriate academic skills.
  4. Recognise that unstated and taken-for-granted assumptions frame the ways we interpret events and map the region and its people.


Research-Led Teaching

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 Feedback

Students 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 Feedback

ANU 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.

Class Schedule

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 Summary

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


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks 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.

Value: 10%


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

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 14/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Critical reflection

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

Value: 20%

Due date: 14 March 2019

Estimated return date: 21 March 2019

Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Critical reflection

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

Value: 20%

Due date: 23 April 2019

Return date: 30 April 2019

Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 23/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research essay

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

Value: 20%

Due date: 23 May 2019

Estimated return date: 30 May 2019

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu

Thursday 12:30 13:30
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Dr George Carter
6125 8244

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Dr George Carter

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu
6125 9578

Research Interests

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu

Thursday 12:30 13:30
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