Faculty of Arts


The Pacific: Interdisciplinary Studies


This course has the two-fold aim of: i) exploring of the ways in which the Pacific has been and is studied in the humanities and social sciences with regard to analysis and evaluation of views and perspectives of development of the region and its peoples, and ii) exploring theoretical issues and debates with specific reference to how Pacific Studies discourse can benefit research in Pacific contexts.

The specific objectives of the course are to develop students’ ability to critically evaluate the theoretical perspectives and the literature which informs the debates about and development of Pacific Studies discourse; and to develop students’ ability to understand and reflect on dominant interdisciplinary perspectives of Pacific Studies scholarship/discourse.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Steven Ratuva


Prescribed texts: The Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders D. Denoon et al (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, 1997.

This will be Supplemented by a course book of readings plus Readings provided by guest lecturers, and any additional reading as required.


PACIFIC 700: 30.0 points

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