The course introduces students to the Pacific through practical engagement with the islands. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first hand experience. The in-country work will include fieldtrips, practical assignments and formal classes and tutorials given by staff from ANU. The course focuses on understanding the complex relationships between development, tangible and intangible heritage and cultural production.
Students will have the opportunity to experience and contribute to practical issues in the culture and heritage field including the visual and performing arts, the environment, education, development and policy work. Where possible, students will be incorporated into related in-country research projects with the appropriate ethics approval and meeting the required OH&S standards.
The course involves 4-5 weeks of intensive teaching and field experience including preparatory lectures and workshops at ANU before departure for the Pacific. We seek to run it as a topics course with options for offerings in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Hawai’i, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of the course the student should minimally be able to:
- Recognise and discuss the significance of culture and heritage to Pacific Islands societies and development issues.
- Analyse and reflect on the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of culture, heritage and the arts in the Pacific with respect to the relevant literature.
- Evaluate and report on their practical experience in the culture and heritage sector.
Please note that this is an in country study tour course. Enrolment in this course will be through the terradotta studio abroad site (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/) as a Short Program. Students are required to register on the system in order to apply for the course. There are a number of scholarships and grants available for student who undertake this course in order to assist them to go. Please contact the CAP student centre (email@example.com) for more information.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one
course applies to both courses combined.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Learning Journal, 1500-2000 words and photographs (20%)
Tracking Practical Skills, 1000 words (10%)
In-country Assignment (30%)
Final essay, 3000 words (40%)
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WorkloadFor a two-week Pacific field school course workload is 8 hours of pre-departure meetings and discussions; and in-country: 8 hours of tutorials and lectures, and 60 hours on practical assignments, excursions and assessment. Post-field school research and writing for the final essay is approximately 30 hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Antony Hooper, ed. (2005) Culture and Sustainable Development in the Pacific ANU EPress
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