• Class Number 4487
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Katerina Teaiwa
  • 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

This course introduces students to the histories, key terms and approaches shaping the dynamic field of Pacific Studies. It outlines the ways in which Oceania has been mapped, represented and approached in scholarly and popular knowledge and emphasizes the complexity and diversity of this region. It provides an introduction in particular to the ways in which Australia and New Zealand interact with the Pacific and a comparative lens on the position of Pacific Islander communities within these two countries. Indigenous Pacific Islander approaches to engaging and learning Oceania are particularly highlighted.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the end of this course students will have been provided with the tools to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the history and contemporary nature of Pacific regionalism and Australia's historical and policy role in this process.  

• Evaluate and critique the various ways in which the region and Pacific Island peoples have been mapped and represented in various disciplines and popular media.  

• Comprehend and describe the nature of transdisciplinary Pacific Studies in comparison with single-disciplinary approaches.   

• Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity and diversity of Oceania in terms of history, culture, development, environment, migration, gender relations, the arts and politics through group research projects.  

• Facilitate and lead discussions on contemporary Pacific issues with peers.  

Research-Led Teaching

The design of the course is built on the research strengths of the convener. Katerina Teaiwa is an interdisciplinary Pacific Studies scholar with publications and

international keynotes delivered on the arts, dance, cultural policy, cultural industries, population displacement, phosphate mining, globalisation, and historical links

between Fiji, Kiribati, Australia and New Zealand. A particular link between this course and Teaiwa's research is the design of the assessment. In addition to doing applied

cultural policy work Teaiwa transformed her research into major visual arts exhibitions, dance performances, a video book trailer, and a comic book chapter. She

encourages students to similarly think outside the box and take innovative approaches to leading tutorial discussions and their final research presentations. Finally, an

entire week of the course, week 5, is devoted to Researching Oceania including how to plan, design and conduct research for student projects.

Examination Material or equipment

A pen is required for quizzes, quiz sheet is provided.

Required Resources

All readings are provided on Wattle

All provided on Wattle

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 Week 1 - 28/02: Introductions and course overview
2 Week 2 - 07/03: Themes and Perspectives - classroom as metaphoric canoe Wattle discussion forum (Each online entry should be 100-150 words)
3 Week 3 - 14/03: Naming, Framing & Mapping Oceania Wattle discussion forum
4 Week 4 - 21/03: Studying Oceania: transdisciplinarity, indigeneity Wattle discussion forum
5 Week 5 - 28/03: Researching Oceania - critical mixed methods Wattle discussion forum In-class quiz #1
6 Week 6 - 04/04: Globalizing Oceania: economic & cultural globalisation Wattle discussion forum Research plans due in class (1 page plan)
7 Week 7 - 25/04: The Popular Pacific: from Fiji Water to Aquaman Wattle discussion forum Analytical essay (1000 words) due Thurs April 25
8 Week 8 - 02/05: Environmental issues in Kiribati, Nauru and the Marshall Islands Wattle discussion forum
9 Week 9 - 09/05: Politics & heritage in Fiji Wattle discussion forum
10 Week 10 - 16/05: The Festival of Pacific Arts: Solomon Islands & Guam Wattle discussion forum In class quiz #2
11 Week 11 - 23/05: Sport and the Pacific diaspora in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe Wattle discussion forum
12 Week 12- 30/05: Group research meetings Wattle discussion forum Meet in class to discuss your final presentations
13 Finals Weeks In class presentations PASI 2001: Reflective individual report due (1500 words)

Tutorial Registration

Register for tutorial PASI 2001 Thurs 3-4pm

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 04/04/2019 30/05/2019 1, 2, 4, 5
In class quiz 10 % 04/04/2019 07/04/2019 5
Analytical Essay 25 % 25/04/2019 23/05/2019 2, 3
Research project and presentations 15 % 30/05/2019 30/05/2019 4, 5
Individual reflective report on learning in this class and the group project 30 % 13/06/2019 27/06/2019 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.


Attendance at both lectures and tutorials is expected. Please provide medical certificates for all absences or speak to me in person.


No exams other than in class quizzes

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5


Leading tutorial discussion in partners: 40 min - 10%

Online participation (10 submissions): At least 100 words online, weekly -10%

Due dates: Weeks 2 to 12

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5

In class quiz

Approx. length: 30min per quiz

Due date: Week 5 and Week 10 (5% each)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 25/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 23/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Analytical Essay

1000 words

Due date: Week 7

Assessment marking templates and guides provided in Wattle

Feedback dates:

2019-04-04 & 2019-23-05

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5

Research project and presentations

With the exception of the research plan, you are assessed as an individual but must work with at least two other people on a project.

  • 1-page research plan due in class - Week 6
  • Group meetings - various and Week 12
  • 15 minute group oral/ multimedia presentation in class - Finals week TBC

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 13/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Individual reflective report on learning in this class and the group project

1500 words

Due June 13 11.59pm

Assessment marking templates and guides provided in Wattle?

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.

Returning Assignments

Assessments are returned to students via Turnitin or in class (quizzes).

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Speak to me in person to see if this is possible.

Privacy Notice

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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).
AsPr Katerina Teaiwa
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Research Interests

Pacific Islands Studies, phosphate mining, culture, heritage, dance, visual arts, globalization, regionalism, cultural policy, environment

AsPr Katerina Teaiwa

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