- Class Number 3496
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Prof Katerina Teaiwa
- Prof Katerina Teaiwa
- 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
This course introduces students to the histories, key terms and approaches shaping the dynamic, transdisciplinary field of Pacific Studies. It outlines the ways in which Oceania has been approached, mapped and represented in scholarly, policy, arts, mainstream, and social media contexts. The course also provides an introduction to Australian, Aotearoa New Zealand and US relations with the Pacific, and a comparative lens on the nature of Pacific Studies within these countries and the islands. It emphasizes the complexity, diversity, creativity, and sovereignty of the region. Indigenous Pacific Islander approaches to engaging and learning with and from Oceania, including through dance, poetry, music, fashion and film, are particularly highlighted.
PASI6001 is a keystone course in Pacific Studies that provides a historical and contemporary understanding of Pacific Island cultures and foundational for anyone seeking to work in the Pacific region and/or with Pacific Island communities.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history and contemporary nature of Pacific Studies.
- Develop and articulate a nuanced understanding of "cultural regionalism' across the Pacific from a trans-disciplinary perspective, and be able to differentiate this perspective from multi-disciplinary or single disciplinary approaches.
- Evaluate and critique the various ways in which the island region and Pacific Island peoples have been mapped and represented in various disciplines, mainstream, social and popular media.
- Research, analyse and reflect on complexity and diversity in Oceania in terms of history, culture, development, environment, migration, gender relations, the arts and politics through individual projects.
- Facilitate and lead discussions on Pacific issues with peers.
The design of the course is built on the research strengths of the convener. Katerina Teaiwa is an interdisciplinary Pacific Studies scholar with publications and
international keynotes delivered on the arts, dance, cultural policy, cultural industries, population displacement, phosphate mining, globalisation, and historical links
between Fiji, Kiribati, Australia and New Zealand. A particular link between this course and Teaiwa's research is the design of the assessment. In addition to doing applied
cultural policy work, Teaiwa transformed her research into major visual arts exhibitions, dance performances, a video book trailer, and a comic book chapter. She
encourages students to similarly think outside the box and take innovative approaches to leading tutorial discussions and their final research presentations. Finally, an
entire week of the course, week 5, is devoted to Researching Oceania including how to plan, design and conduct research for student projects.
Examination Material or equipment
Quiz sheets are provided.
All readings are provided on Wattle
All provided on Wattle
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
Student FeedbackANU 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 - Introductions and course overview|
|2||Week 2 - Themes and Perspectives - Wayfinding||Wattle discussion forum (Each online entry should be 100-150 words)|
|3||Week 3 - Naming, Framing & Mapping Oceania||Wattle discussion forum|
|4||Week 4 - Studying Oceania||Wattle discussion forum|
|5||Week 5 - Researching Oceania||Wattle discussion forum Quiz|
|6||Week 6 - Globalizing Oceania||Wattle discussion forum Research plans due in class (1 page plan)|
|7||Week 7 - The Popular Pacific||Wattle discussion forum Analytical essay (1200 words)|
|8||Week 8 - Environment & Climate Change||Wattle discussion forum|
|9||Week 9 - History, Politics and Heritage in Fiji||Wattle discussion forum|
|10||Week 10 - The Festival of Pacific Arts||Wattle discussion forum|
|11||Week 11 - The Pasifika Diaspora||Wattle discussion forum|
|12||Week 12 - Course review, Pacific futures||Wattle discussion forum Meet to discuss your final presentations|
|13||Finals Weeks||Group Presentations Reflective individual report due (1500 words)|
Register for tutorial PASI 2001 Thurs 11-12pm
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Leading tutorial and discussion forum||20 %||1, 2, 4, 5|
|Analytical Essay||25 %||2, 3|
|Group research project and presentations||15 %||4, 5|
|Individual reflective report on learning and group project||30 %||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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- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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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.
Attendance at lectures and tutorials is expected. Please provide medical certificates for all absences or speak to me in person if there are any issues.
No exams other than class quiz
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5
Leading tutorial and discussion forum
Leading tutorial discussion in partners: 45 min - 10%
Wattle discussion forum (10 submissions): At least 100 words online, weekly -10%
Due dates: Weeks 2 to 12
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 5
Approx. length: 30min quiz
Due date: Week 5
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Due date: Week 7
Assessment marking templates and guides provided in Wattle
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5
Group research project and presentations
1-page research plan due in class - Week 6
Group meetings - various and Week 12
15-20 minute group oral/ multimedia presentation - Finals week TBC
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4
Individual reflective report on learning and group project
Due in finals weeks TBC
Assessment marking templates and guides provided in Wattle?
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Resubmission of Assignments
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Pacific Islands Studies, phosphate mining, culture, heritage, dance, visual arts, globalization, regionalism, cultural policy, environment
Prof Katerina Teaiwa
Prof Katerina Teaiwa