- Code PASI1011
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Pacific Studies
- Areas of interest Geography, Development Studies, Pacific Studies
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 is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Academic article review (1,000 words) 30%
Glossaries (3 x 500 words) 30%
Take home exam 40%
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8 hours per week. This includes:
- participation in forum discussions
- reading time
- completion of course weekly assessments
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts for this course, however, the following two journal articles provide a useful introduction into Pacific Studies
Wesley-Smith, T 1995, ‘Rethinking Pacific Islands Studies’, Pacific Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 115-37.
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.
In addition, throughout the course you will find these references useful resources.
D'Arcy, P 2006, The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity and History in Oceania, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
Crocombe, R 2008, The South Pacific, 7th edn, IPS Publications, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. This book will provide important case material and examples for assessment tasks.
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