- Code PASI8303
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Pacific Studies
- Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr George Carter
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Winter Session 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.
This course seeks to define what we mean by ‘the Pacific’. Pacific countries and territories are characterised by diversity and commonalities, set against the backdrop of a multi-dimensional regional architecture, that features regional and sub-regional organisations, both old and new, notably the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Community. Through this course, students will explore how Pacific Island countries perceive their region, and their place in the international system, interrogating the drivers and obstacles to change across multiple dimensions (cultural, political and economic) and applying a critical lens to address critical questions for the future of the Pacific region. To guide these crucial conversations, practitioners and Pacific experts will share their experiences and provide real-world examples that illustrate the complexities of addressing the future challenges for Pacific Islands Countries.
Topics covered under the course:
- What do we mean by the Pacific
- The Pacific Diplomatic System
- Economic development in the Pacific
- Aid in the Pacific
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and discuss the diversities and commonalities of the Pacific Islands, including in the way politics works in varied cultural circumstances
- Critically assess the factors that are driving change in regionalism in the Pacific, and how the system is evolving
- Engage in discussions on the structures of different and diverse Pacific island economies
- Understand and examine the specific challenges associated with giving aid successfully in Pacific Island countries
- 1,000 word Country Profile (40) [LO 1,3]
- 2,000 word Case study on a policy challenge confronting the Pacific (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The course will be delivered over 6 x 2 hour seminars.
The course requires 50-60 hours preparation time and independent study.
5. Taylor, Dame Meg, ‘The Future of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism’. Chapter 4 in: The New Pacific Diplomacy. Eds. G. Fry and S. Tarte. ANU Press, Canberra, 2016.
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