• 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 PGRD
  • 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. 


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and contemporary nature of Pacific Studies.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Facilitate and lead discussions on Pacific issues with peers.

Other Information

It is strongly recommended that all students undertaking a postgraduate degree with a Pacific regional focus complete this course. The learning objectives and assessments build substantively on the 2000 and 3000 level PASI course offerings and are designed to complement other 6000 and 8000 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 1,2,5]
  2. Online entries in Wattle discussion forum (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Key papers analytical essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 2,4]
  4. Individual research project and presentation (20) [LO 3,4]
  5. Research paper (2000 words and images) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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.


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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed PASI2001.

Prescribed Texts

All course materials and readings will be provided on Wattle.?

Preliminary Reading

Alexeyeff, Kalissa and John Taylor (eds). 2016. Touring Pacific Cultures. Canberra: ANU Press.  

Fry, Greg. 2019. Framing the Islands: power and diplomatic agency in Pacific regionalism. Canberra: ANU Press. 

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).


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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3179 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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