• Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
  • 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
    • Anouk Ride
    • Dr David Oakeshott
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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The Pacific is a region of diverse and complex island states and territories. While made up of mostly small islands, collectively it spans one-third of the planet’s surface and almost a quarter of the world’s languages are spoken in the Pacific Islands. The region is on the frontlines of climate change, encompassing the countries most vulnerable to sea level rise and natural disasters in the world, yet it is also a site of pioneering forms of climate adaptability and resilience.

The Pacific is, and has always been, an important area for Australia’s interests. The Australian Constitution sets out the special relationship, specifically mentioning relations with the islands of the Pacific as part of parliament’s mandate. Today, with a fast-growing Pacific population in Australia and a renewed interest in the region as a site of geopolitical importance, this relationship remains significant.

The course examines the domestic and regional politics of the contemporary Pacific, and the important developmental challenges facing the region. It is based on case studies from cutting-edge research conducted by Pacific experts at the ANU. The lectures, seminars and assessments are designed to help students gain a better understanding of how research can be translated into evidence-based policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and political diversity of the contemporary Pacific and the key social and developmental challenges facing the region.
  2. Show familiarity with the academic and policy debates around key issues facing the contemporary Pacific.
  3. Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.
  4. Effectively communicate research findings to a policy audience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course participation (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Oral presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Policy brief (1,000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Individual research project - proposal (1,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  5. Individual research project - final report (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

There is no textbook for this course. All required readings (3-4 per week) will be available on Wattle.




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.

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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.

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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
3889 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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