• Class Number 3887
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Nicholas Hoare
    • Nicholas Hoare
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

Is Australia just one big Pacific Island? In this course we examine this core question by exploring the history of Australia and Oceania – with a special focus on the island Pacific – through the ‘long’ 19th and 20th centuries. To start, we look at Australia and the Pacific in ‘deep time’, outlining the initial waves of human settlement and prehistoric mobility, before tackling major themes of Australia’s interactions with the island world: through European expansion and first encounters; the thickening relationships of trade, missionisation and formal colonialism in the 19th century; the world wars; the post war period; the era of independence; and developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries – including Australia’s ‘interventions’ in the Pacific, the growth of Australia’s own Pasifika populations, and changing perceptions of Australia in the region. This course aims to develop a wider understanding of Australia’s shared history with Oceania and the evolution of the Pacific community of which Australia is part. It will highlight the Pacific’s impacts on Australia and the multiplicity of Australia’s past and present engagements with the island region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key historical developments in Australia's relationship with the Pacific region
  2. Identify and critically assess different viewpoints and angles of interpretation from selected primary and secondary materials and place these in context in evaluating Australia's place in the world and in the Pacific
  3. Conduct independent research on Australian and Oceanic history
  4. Communicate findings and conclusions on Australia's relationship with the Pacific region clearly, reflectively and persuasively

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 IntroductionL1: Course Overview, Introductions and ApproachesL2: Deep Histories and Deep Time: From Sahul to UlimaroaNo Tutorial
2 DiscoveredL3: Oceania during the Age of European ExplorationL4: Ecological Imperialism and the Idea of ‘Fatal Impact’T1: Opening Perspectives on Australia’s Pacific History
3 ImpactedL5: Closest Neighbour: The Island of New GuineaL6: Screening: First Contact (1983)T2: Thinking About First Contact
4 NetworkedL7: Trading Networks, Collecting ObjectsL8: Islanders on the Move: 19th-Century Pacific MobilityT3: Research and Essay Writing First Review by 15 March
5 Missionised and MinedL9: Missionary EnterpriseL10: Black, White, and Gold: Mining the PacificT4: Australia's Phosphate Imperialism
6 ColonisedL11: The Queensland Labour TradeL12: Colonial Anxieties and AnnexationsT5: Blackbirding and the ASSI Community Essay One by 25 March
7 Wanted or Not Wanted?L13: What Did Federation Mean for Pacific Islanders?L14: Islands Commonwealth DiplomacyT6: White Australia Second Review by 19 April
8 Fought OverL15: WW1 and WW2 - Two very different warsL16: T7 - Who Were the 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels'?
ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April (Tutorial shifted to Wednesday's lecture hour).
9 ExpandingL17: The Cold War and Pacific RegionalismL18: The Pacific Islands Monthly and Pacific-mindednessT8: Pacific Studies at the ANU
10 IndependentL19: Independence Case Study 1 - Nauru, 1968L20: Independence Case Study 2 - Papua New Guinea, 1975T9: Imagining Independence Third Review by 10 May
11 Unstable?L21: The Bougainville CrisisL22: The Solomon Islands and RAMSIT10: An Arc of Instability?
12 ConclusionL23: From the Pacific Solution to the Pacific Step UpL24: Pacific FuturesT11: Australia - Another Pacific Island? Second Essay by 31 May

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Critical Reviews 30 % * * LOs 1, 2, and 4
Essay One 30 % 25/03/2024 29/03/2024 LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4
Essay Two 40 % 31/05/2024 28/06/2024 LOs 1, 2, 3, and 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 encouraged to participate in class discussions but will not be graded on this.


There will be no examination for PASI6002 students.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: LOs 1, 2, and 4

Critical Reviews

Students are required to complete three critical reviews of 500 words each across the semester (1,500 words in total). The purpose of the assignment is to encourage students to critically engage with the tutorial readings and they will be graded on their ability to both summarize and contextualize historical arguments in an accessible fashion as if they were writing a blog post for a popular website (LOs 1, 2, and 4). One of the three reviews should be based on a relevant book(s). Students are required to email their responses to the convenor by 11:59 pm on 15 March, 19 April, and 10 May. The Assessment is worth 30% of the total grade.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4

Essay One

Essay One is due by 11.59 pm on Monday 25 March and should be submitted online through Turnitin (worth 30%). This assessment item requires the student to deploy knowledge gained over the first half of the semester in a well-argued analytical essay of no more than 1,500 words (LOs 1,2,3,4). The student will choose a question

from a given list based on relevant 19th-century historical debates. The essay should draw from a range of secondary texts which will be used to inform a coherent and persuasive argument. Students are requested to include their ANU ID number (uXXXXXXX) in the header of the document, but not their name. Microsoft Word documents are preferable to PDFs.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4

Essay Two

Essay Two is due by 11.59 pm on Friday 31 May and should be submitted online through Turnitin (worth 40%). Students are expected to devise an original research question in consultation with the course convenor that furthers their particular research interests. The essay, of no more than 3,000 words, is expected to demonstrate student-led inquiry, the ability to research a range and depth of material (including both primary and secondary sources), and critical engagement (LOs 1, 2, 3, and 4). Students are requested to include their ANU ID number (uXXXXXXX) in the header of the document, but not their name. Microsoft Word documents are preferable to PDFs.

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).
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Pacific History

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