• Class Number 4771
  • Term Code 3150
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Meet the Neighbours: 3000 years of human history a
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Stuart Bedford
    • Dr Stuart Bedford
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 28/06/2021
  • Class End Date 09/07/2021
  • Census Date 02/07/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/07/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course will be occasionally scheduled to offer one-off opportunities to study under visiting experts, or to showcase a new teaching area. Information on the particular topic offered under this course will be outlined in the ‘Other Information’ section, including topic title, the topic convenor, and an indication of workload and indicative assessment. Classes in this course may cover emerging issues and provide an opportunity for students to learn about events, places, peoples and forms of knowledge in Asia and the Pacific, ranging from the local to the global. Topics may focus on particular societies and states, localities, or trans-regional issues. Many of the topics will build on the concepts and methodological tools presented in discipline courses, and give an in-depth understanding of how they are applied, and critiqued, in specific contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of major issues and concepts associated with the Asia-Pacific region or a subregion of Asia and the Pacific;
  2. evaluate and apply these concepts;
  3. critically evaluate approaches to the study of Asia and the Pacific;
  4. demonstrate effective communication skills.

Required Resources

Class meeting on the 21st of June to discuss course outline and expectations in detail

Bedford, S., and M. Spriggs 2014. The archaeology of Vanuatu: 3000 years of history across islands of ash and coral. In E. Cochrane and T. Hunt (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199925070.013.

Regenvanu, R. 2010. The traditional economy as source of resilience in Vanuatu. http://milda.aidwatch.org.au/sites/default/files/Ralph%20Regenvanu.%20Traditional%20economy%20as%20a%20source%20of%20resistance%20in%20Vanuatu.pdf

Simo, J. 2010. Land and the traditional economy: “Your money, my life” Hu i kakae long basket blong laef? http://milda.aidwatch.org.au/sites/default/files/Joel%20Simo.%20Land%20and%20the%20traditional%20economy.pdf

Wilson, M., C. Ballard and D. Kalotiti 2011. Chief Roi Mata's Domain.Challenges for a World Heritage Property in Vanuatu. Historic Environment 23(2):5-11.

Spriggs, M. 2007. Population in a Vegetable Kingdom: Aneityum Island (Vanuatu) at European Contact in 1830. In The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archaeological and Demographic Perspectives, edited by P. V. Kirch, and J. L. Rallu, 278–305. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.

UN Capital Development Fund 2020. Economic Impacts of Natural Hazards on Vulnerable Populations in Vanuatu. https://climate-insurance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Vanuatu-Economic-Impacts-Report-27Nov2020.pdf

François, A., M. Franjieh, S. Lacrampe, S. Schnell 2015. Chapter 1. The exceptional linguistic diversity of Vanuatu. In The languages of Vanuatu. Unity and Diversity . https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/14819

Interview with Dr Vincent Lebot: a leading expert on kava. https://kavasociety.nz/blog/2020/6/25/kava-expert-interview-lebot

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Winter Course On-line from 28 June-9 July, 2021. Course convener Dr Stuart Bedford The islands of Melanesia are our closest neighbours, and they comprise countries with which Australia has long and interconnected histories dating back over millennia and more widely across the region from the nineteenth century. However, in many respects these nearest neighbours are poorly understood amongst the wider Australian population. This course gives students an opportunity to engage with the Republic of Vanuatu across a whole range of topics with a wide range of leading researchers and public figures. It will be of interest and relevance to students of archaeology, history, politics, cultural heritage, environmental history, population dynamics and human adaptations to natural hazards. Assessment will include a research paper of 2000-words or a poster (45%) related to one of the themes discussed during the course. The poster would be A2 format, combining illustrations and text outlining the background, aims, results and discussion of a particular research theme; Three assignments that relate to specific themes will be assigned during the course (45%); class engagement and participation (10%).

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Short Essay 15 % 02/07/2021 16/07/2021 3, 4
Short discussion and map 15 % 05/07/2021 16/07/2021 1, 2
Short essay 15 % 12/07/2021 16/07/2021 2, 4
Research essay or poster 45 % 22/07/2021 30/07/2021 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Class engagement and particpation 10 % 09/07/2021 16/07/2021 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 02/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Short Essay

Assess the significance of the Roi Mata Domain in the wider Pacific context. How relevant is a UNESCO World Heritage Listing for indigenous Pacific Island communities? What are the challenges once registered? (300-500 words).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 05/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Short discussion and map

What do Polynesian outliers represent? Produce a map that identifies the location of the ‘Polynesian outliers’. List their names, physical nature and the respective countries within which they are located (300-500 words).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4

Short essay

What is kava? Outline the history and current situation regards kava in Australia (300-500 words)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 22/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 30/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research essay or poster

A research paper of 2000-words or a poster related to one of the themes discussed during the course. The poster should be A2 format, combining illustrations and text outlining the background, aims, results and discussion of a particular research theme.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 09/07/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Class engagement and particpation

There will be daily class discussions following the viewing of pre-recorded interviews and films. It is expected that students will be able to give feedback and discuss various daily themes.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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. Extensions may be granted 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 Stuart Bedford

Research Interests

Archaeological method and theory; materials analysis; Pacific archaeology, including Aotearoa/New Zealand pertaining to the early contact/historic period; archival and archaeological approaches to the reconstruction of cultural contact and engagement and transformation over time; Aotearoa/New Zealand and Pacific particularly Melanesian prehistory, the archaeology of ritual, exploration and colonisation of the Pacific, Politics and archaeology; Cultural Resource Management; indigenous archaeological perspectives and initiatives. Colonial violence, demographics.

Dr Stuart Bedford

By Appointment
Dr Stuart Bedford

Research Interests

Dr Stuart Bedford

By Appointment

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