• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, History, Pacific Studies, Climate, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nayahamui Rooney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course introduces students to the Pacific region and to the wealth of Pacific knowledge, resources, and institutions at ANU and in Canberra more broadly. Students will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on engagement with key historical, archival and museum collections and other institutions in Canberra. Pacific Worlds will be explored in seminar format and in dialogue with selected scholars and policymakers, and through visits to institutions such as the National Library, National Archives, and National Gallery of Australia. It will provide students with an exciting opportunity to experience the ways in which the Pacific has been crucial to the development and contemporary cultural, scholarly, and political priorities of former colonial powers, including Australia. The course will highlight the ways in which Pacific Islanders themselves have responded critically to these uneven relationships and how documentation and collection practices in Australian institutions reflect these political dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the Pacific in terms of its environmental, cultural and political features at the local, national, and regional levels;
  2. Explain the critical representations and issues that have shaped the contemporary Pacific;
  3. Explain and engage with a variety of perspectives on Pacific collections, scholarship or art;
  4. Analyse and suggest creative responses to current challenges facing Pacific peoples.
  5. Demonstrate core reflective and analytical reseach skills to deepen their learning of the Pacific, including critical reading of scholarly texts, university-level writing and academic presentation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation: Engagement in weekly tutorials plus one student-led tutorial/online discussion. (10) [LO 1,5]
  2. Reflective online responses to online weekly question (Word limit: ten weekly responses each with a word limit of 100 words. Total word limit 1000 words). (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Reflective essay (Word limit: 1000 words). (20) [LO 2,5]
  4. Major essay (Word limit: 2000 words). (30) [LO 2,4,5]
  5. Student-led group workshop. (20) [LO 3,4,5]

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The course comprises the standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. This includes contact hours of 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week, and independent study per week on class readings, tutorial preparation, group research and assignments.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts vary depending on who is convening the course, and are always made available through Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7947 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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