• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Katerina Teaiwa
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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. 

PASI2001 is a keystone course in Pacific Studies that provides a historical and contemporary understanding of Pacific Island Cultures and is foundational for anyone seeking to work in the Pacific region and/or with Pacific Island Communities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the histories and global forces that have shaped the contemporary Pacific region.
  2. Evaluate and critique the ways in which the Pacific region and peoples have been mapped and represented in various disciplines and contexts.
  3. Describe and comprehend the nature of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Pacific Studies in comparison with single-disciplinary approaches.
  4. Analyse and critique key rationales for Pacific Studies research and teaching
  5. Facilitate and lead discussions on contemporary Pacific issues with peers.
  6. Research and present group-based work on Pacific culture, heritage, arts, sports, politics, activism, media or environmental issues.

Other Information

It is strongly recommended that all students undertaking a degree with a Pacific regional focus complete this course. This course will provide foundational knowledge that will also be useful when taking other 2000 and 3000 level PASI courses.

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Leading tutorial discussion (10) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Online entries in Wattle discussion forum - 10 submissions (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Course quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Key Papers Analytical Essay (1200 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  5. Group research project and presentation (15) [LO 5,6]
  6. Reflective report (1500 words and images) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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. The workload for the class is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. Incompatible with PASI6001.

Prescribed Texts

All course materials and readings will be provided on Wattle. 

Preliminary Reading

Firth, Stewart (ed.). 2006. Globalisation and Governance in the Pacific Islands: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia. Canberra: ANU E Press. Online: press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/state-society-and-governance-melanesia/globalisation-and-governance-pacific


Hau’ofa, Epeli. 2008. We are the Ocean: Selected Works. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.


Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius. 2015. ‘Re-Presenting Melanesia: Ignoble Savages and Melanesian Alter-Natives’ The Contemporary Pacific, Vol 27:1, 73-180. 


Teaiwa, Katerina. 2014. ‘Culture moves? The Festival of Pacific Arts and Dance Remix in Oceania.’ Dance Research Aotearoa 2: 2–19.


Teaiwa, Teaiwa K. 1994. ‘bikinis and other s/pacific n/oceans’, The Contemporary Pacific. 6:1 (87-109). 




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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3182 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

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