• Class Number 3497
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic NRL
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Gemma Malungahu
    • Dr Gemma Malungahu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Pacific encounters provides an introduction into the debates about theory and practice that shape how we conceptualise and think about the Pacific region and its peoples. The course is built around three learning modules - the past, present and future. In the past we come to understand the voyages that brought people to the region and the stories they tell about their journeys. We investigate colonisation, the impact it had and still has on the region, and the different ways it can be understood. In the recent present we examine the new voyages that Pacific people have taken into places like Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In doing so we look at how people move within and between these new boundaries and how Pacific cultures and identities have evolved over time and place. Finally, we bring all of these themes together by examining how the past and the present can help us imagine the future.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who complete the assessment tasks in this course successfully will be able to:

  1. Describe Pacific issues from a diverse range of perspectives and ways of knowing in multi-cultural settings.
  2. Discuss topical issues with peers with reference to relevant course material.
  3. Present a clear and coherent written argument using appropriate academic skills.
  4. Recognise that unstated and taken-for-granted assumptions frame the ways we interpret events and map the region and its people.


Research-Led Teaching

This course is taught using research primarily conducted by scholars within the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU and Pacific island scholars elsewhere. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in the topics covered in the course from active academics in Pacific research. The aim of the course is to encourage students to strengthen their knowledge using practical case studies and to teach applicable research skills that are important to know when conducting research within the Pacific region.

Field Trips

Not Applicable

Staff Feedback

Students 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

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 Yumalundi - Ngunnawal, Australia and the Pacific connections Introduction to the Pacific and Pacific Studies
2 Folau - Pacific navigation, settlement and civilisation
3 Anga Fakapasifika -Cultures and societies of the Pacific Assessment 1: Anga Fakapasifika reflective essay
4 Pa Lagi - the pierced sky of explorers, traders, Christianity and colonisation
5 Tino rangatiratanga - self-determination sovereignty, and the road to independence
6 Pacific Way - regionalism and global engagement
7 Veivakatorocaketaki - Island economies and sustainable development Assessment 2: Creative oral presentation
8 Fonua mahu - Environment and climate resilience
9 Aostelelia - Australia and the Pacific
10 Senisim Pes, Ples, Tingting - Representations and shifting identities.
11 Polyswag - Popular culture and industry
12 Malaga - Encountering the Blue Pacific
13 Study Week Assessment 3: Pacific research report
14 Exam Week Assessment 4: Tutorial participation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assessment 1: Anga Fakapasifika reflective essay 20 % 10/03/2023 31/03/2023 1,3
Assessment 2: Creative oral presentation 30 % 22/04/2023 07/05/2023 1,3,4
Research report 40 % 02/06/2023 22/06/2023 1,2,3,4
Tutorial participation 10 % 02/06/2023 22/06/2023 1,2,3,4

* 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 ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.


Students are required to attend and participate in tutorials (as mentioned above).

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 10/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Assessment 1: Anga Fakapasifika reflective essay

For this assessment you will be required to submit a 1,000-word reflection piece on learnings from the class thus far and relate this to their positionality in society.

Word limit: 1,000 words

Value: 20%

Due date: 10 March 2023

Estimated return date: 24 March 2023

Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 07/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Assessment 2: Creative oral presentation

The creative oral presentation will be based on students presenting a 10 minute presentation and submit the presentation online.

Students are to choose one concept that was taught in class and relate the concept to ONE Pacific Island country.

They are to define and discuss the concept in relation to their chosen Pacific island country.

Students are free to choose one concept from the list below:

  • Colonisation
  • Culture
  • Christianity
  • Sovereignty
  • Navigation
  • Migration/mobility
  • Regionalism/the Pacific way

Value: 30%

Due date: 19 April 2023

Return date: 06 May 2023

Late submission: As per the ANU late submission policy below

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research report

Students will be required to write a 2,000 word research report. Students are required to choose one of the following broad topics to choose from.

  • Discuss the impacts of climate change in the Pacific region, providing examples.
  • Explore the impact of sustainable development partnerships in the Pacific region, providing examples.
  • Explore how the Pacific way has been advantageous and disadvantageous in the region.
  • Discuss intersectionality and its impacts on Pacific peoples in the diaspora, providing examples.

Word limit (where applicable): 2,000 words

Value: 40%

Due date: 2 June 2023

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Tutorial participation

Students will be required to attend tutorials in person or online. Their participation mark will be based on attendance and level of engagement in class discussions.

Value: 10%

Due date: Weekly

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community 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 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 University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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

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 The Course Convener may grant extensions 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 Gemma Malungahu
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Pacific health, health equity,

Dr Gemma Malungahu

By Appointment
Dr Gemma Malungahu
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Gemma Malungahu

By Appointment

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