- Class Number 3637
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Prof Geoffrey Clark
- AsPr Christopher Ballard
- Prof Geoffrey Clark
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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:
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the Pacific from the application of specific archaeological, anthropological, palaeoecological and linguistic techniques;
- Critically evaluate and synthesise evidence-based arguments including advanced theoretical perspectives about the transformative events that have shaped the contemporary Pacific;
- Understand the persistence of traditional political and economic structures in modern societies and the role of globalisation in contemporary socio-cultural formations;
- Communicate arguments and findings effectively, both orally and in writing.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Session 1: Ways of Seeing: Geography, Politics and People Session 2: Origins of Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia|
|2||Session 3: Surviving new landscapes Session 4: Early humans and their dispersal||Map quiz (in-class) Week 2|
|3||Session 5: Maritime Migration – Lapita Session 6: Maritime Migration – Polynesia|
|4||Session 7: Environmental Change and Challenges Session 8: Emergence of Complex Societies|
|5||Session 9: Encounters 1 – European exploration of the Pacific Session 10: Encounters 2 – New Guinea Highlands in 1930s||Essay 1 due Week 5|
|6||Session 11: Colonisation Session 12: Missionaries||Critical review 2|
|7||Session 13: Colonial Rule Session 14: Land|
|8||Session 15: World War II and Transformation Session 16: Resistance and Rebellion|
|9||Session 17: Decolonisation and Independence Session 18: Resources and Conflict||Critical review 3|
|10||Session 19: Indigenous Violence and Warfare Session 20: Culture Contact - Social and Population Impacts||Essay 2 due Week 10|
|11||Session 21: World Heritage in Asia-Pacific Session 22: World Heritage in Asia-Pacific|
|12||Session 23: Climate Change Session 24: New Visions for the Pacific||Critical review 4|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz||10 %||1, 3, 4|
|Essay||30 %||1, 3, 4|
|Class Presentation||20 %||1, 2, 4|
|Seminar Discussion||10 %||2, 3, 4|
|Essay||30 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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.
Students are expected to participate in discussions and debates through the course and particularly in the class seminar presentations.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Short map quiz on the bio-geographic and cultural-political divisions of the Pacific held in Week 2
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Long essay (3000 words) on the societies of Oceania before European contact due Week 5
1. Argument. How clearly have you expressed your argument? Is it persuasive? Is it insightful? Does it work with and develop the themes of the course? 25%
2. Critical Analysis. Do you critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your sources and the available arguments? Are you able to position your analysis within class discussions and broader theoretical debates? 25%
3. Structure and Organisation. Is your essay clearly structured and presented? Is your evidence used appropriately? Are you within the word limit – not too high above it, and not too far below it? [See CAP/ANU guidelines] 25%
4. Sources and Citation. Have you drawn on a wide enough range of sources? Are the sources you have used reputable and relevant ones? Have you cited all sources appropriately and listed them correctly in the bibliography? 25%
5. A penalty of 5% accrues for each day the essay is late.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4
Class presentation and critical review of two prescribed readings
Presentations are scheduled during class time in Week 3, Week 6, Week 9 and Week 12.
Assessment: Assessment for the Critical Review Presentation is based on the following factors:
a) Comprehension – have you understood the key points and the arguments of the readings?
b) Criticism – have you made a compelling case for your perspective on the individual papers, and for the contrast or comparison between them that you offer?
c) Communication – have you communicated your findings in a clear and engaging way, making use of PowerPoint or other technologies where relevant?
d) Conversation – have you encouraged a conversation with your class, and responded clearly and intelligently to their questions?
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4
Participation in seminar discussions and demonstration of critical thinking
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
2. Long essay (3000 words) Looking to the future: Contemporary problems and issues in the Pacific today due Week 10
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Pacific history, politics, archaeology, colonisation, monumental architecture, warfare, environmental and climate change
Prof Geoffrey Clark
AsPr Christopher Ballard