• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies

The course introduces students to the Pacific through practical engagement with the Pacific islands and/ or Pacific diasporas and histories in Australia. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first-hand experience. The in-country work and fieldtrips will include practical assignments and classes and tutorials given by staff from ANU and partner organisations. The course focuses on understanding the complex relationships between tangible and intangible heritage, cultural production and thematic issues relevant to the islands and communities with whom students are collaborating.


Students will have the opportunity to experience and contribute to practical issues in the culture and heritage field including the visual and performing arts, the environment, education, development and policy work. 


The course involves 4-5 weeks of intensive teaching and field experience including preparatory lectures and workshops at ANU before departure. 


PASI3005 offers a unique opportunity for an in-country learning experience under the expert guidance of Prof. Teaiwa which reinforces classroom-taught PASI courses where students will learn about Pacific Island societies and the many ways intangible cultural values are expressed. The course is highly recommended for anyone pursuing a degree in Pacific Studies. The course will also greatly facilitate student learning and comprehension in other 2000 and 3000 level PASI courses. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend and discuss the significance of culture and heritage to Pacific Island communities in the islands or diaspora through engagement with literature, media , communities and life stories.
  2. Evaluate and respond to real life situations and social signals in culturally appropriate ways.
  3. Analyse and reflect on the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of doing Pacific Studies beyond the classroom.
  4. Reflect on and share practical experience and learning via standard, creative and social media formats and platforms.
  5. Acknowledge Pacific Islanders' perspectives and re-communicate those perspectives beyond a Pacific context.

Other Information

Please note that this is an in country study tour course. Enrolment in this course will be through the terradotta studio abroad site (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/) as a Short Program. Students are required to register on the system in order to apply for the course. There are a number of scholarships and grants available for student who undertake this course in order to assist them to go. Please contact the CAP student centre  (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for  more information.

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Journal - 1200 words and photographs (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Tracking Practical Skills - 600 words (10) [LO 2]
  3. Profile of a Pacific personality - 1800 words (30) [LO 1,3]
  4. Final assessment options - Reflective essay or Op-ed or suite of social media stories (40) [LO 3]

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.


For a two-week Pacific field school, the course workload is approximately 10 hours of pre-departure meetings and discussions; 10 hours of tutorials and talks during the study tour; 2 weeks of travel, practical assignments, excursions and assessment (equivalent 100 hours). Post-field school, final assessment and field school debrief are approximately 10 hours.  

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses. This course is incompatible PASI6005.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Pacific Arts Association Journal  


Touring Pacific Cultures 





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:
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9276 01 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 31 Dec 2025 In Person N/A

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