Families, Sexuality and Change

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Families, Sexuality and Change

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Family Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    In this course, students will explore case studies in the Pacific and across the world in order to analyse the relationship between different forms and structures of marriage and family with different kinship, economic, moral, and legal systems. Students will examine the way in which social change impacts on and reshapes the family through changing ideas on: the role of children, women and work, violence in the family, marriage and divorce legislation, inter-marriage between ethnicities, alternate sexualities, and state family planning programs. The course will also engage with the tensions between customary law and statutory provisions on marriage, particularly as they manifest in Pacific Island countries.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.