- Code PASI8002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Pacific Studies
- Areas of interest Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Christopher Ballard
- Prof Geoffrey Clark
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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The Pacific, home to a broad of the range of societies, cultures, languages, and polities, is one of the world’s most diverse regions. This interdisciplinary foundations course brings together the perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics and history to explore questions of continuity and change that can help us understand this diversity. How and to what extent have people’s ways of life been shaped by their past, how are they adapting to changing circumstances in the present, and what challenges do they face for the future? The course combines environmental, cultural and anthropological perspectives to show students how natural and human systems have interacted over millennia to create the dynamic and often precarious world of Oceania. Globalisation extended to the Pacific in the 17th century and brought new ideologies, languages, diseases, products and people to remote islands. The course looks at the impact and legacies of Western arrival and examines how island societies have responded to the challenges posed by global systems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the Pacific from the application of specific archaeological, anthropological, palaeoecological and linguistic techniques;
2. Critically evaluate and synthesise evidence-based arguments including advanced theoretical perspectives about the transformative events that have shaped the contemporary Pacific;
3. Understand the persistence of traditional political and economic structures in modern societies and the role of globalisation in contemporary socio-cultural formations;
4. Communicate arguments and findings effectively, both orally and in writing.
Indicative AssessmentShort map quiz on the bio-geographic and cultural-political divisions of the Pacific (10%) [LO 1, 3, 4]
Long essay (3000 words) on the persistence of traditional political and economic structures in modern Pacific societies (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
Long essay (3000 words) on globalisation and conflict in Oceania (30%) [LO 1, 3, 4]
Class presentation and critical review of two prescribed readings (20%) [LO 1, 2, 4]
Participation in seminar discussion (10%) (LO 2, 3, 4].
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WorkloadThe course will meet for 1.5 hours two times per week. Student workload is estimated at 10 hours/week.
Prescribed TextsSpecific readings will be assigned for each class based on the lecture topic and will be available on wattle.
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