• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, History, Pacific Studies, Climate, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Ballard
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course introduces students to the Pacific region and to the wealth of Pacific knowledge, resources and institutions at ANU and in Canberra more broadly. Pacific Worlds will be explored in seminar format and in dialogue with selected scholars and policy-makers, and through visits to institutions such as the National Library, National Archives, and National Gallery of Australia. It will provide students with an exciting opportunity to experience the ways in which the Pacific has been crucial to the development and contemporary cultural, scholarly and political priorities of former colonial powers, including Australia. The course will highlight the ways in which Pacific Islanders themselves have responded critically to these uneven relationships and how documentation and collection practices in Australian institutions reflect these political dynamics. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the Pacific in terms of its environmental, cultural and political features at the local, national, and regional levels;
  2. Explain the critical representations and issues that have shaped the contemporary Pacific;
  3. Present a mini Pacific research project engaging Pacific collections, policy-makers, scholars or artists in multimedia mode;
  4. Analyse and suggest creative responses to current challenges facing Pacific peoples.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Leading tutorial discussion in class (10) [LO 1]
  2. Online discussion forum (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Essay 1, 1500 words (25) [LO 2]
  4. Essay 2, 1500 words (25) [LO 2,4]
  5. Student Presentations (15%) and Topic Outline (15%) (30) [LO 3,4]

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Workload

Contact hours for this course are 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week. Students are also expected to spend an additional 7-8 hours of independent study per week on class readings, tutorial preparation, group research and assignments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts vary depending on who is convening the course, and are always made available through Wattle.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6641 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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