Governance and Development in the Pacific

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Governance and Development in the Pacific

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Government, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PL100 and PL101 or HP101 and HP102 or HY101 and HY102

  • 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

    Governance and development in the Pacific introduces students to current political thinking, developments and practice in the Melanesian sub-region while also highlighting similar trends and practice in Polynesia and Micronesia. As one of the political hotspots and volatile regions of the world, the Pacific presents a fascinating case for understanding the forces of politics, regional cooperation and development in third world and small islands contexts. Although the course concentrates on issues predominantly experienced by Melanesian countries, comparative analysis and case studies from the three subregions will be used to contextualise contemporary governance and development issues in the Pacific more generally.

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