Society, Culture and Change in the Pacific

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Society, Culture and Change in the Pacific

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Pacific 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

    This course examines the social, cultural, economic and political transformations that are taking place in Pacific Island societies and their impact on local identities. The course begins by providing an overview of the region followed by a discussion of the impact of missionaries, colonialism, and the emergence of nation states. Following on from this, the course discusses the incorporation of the Pacific Islands into the world system, which includes an analysis of the social and cultural impact of transnational corporations such as mining, garment factories, and tourism. Other aspects of socio-cultural transformation examined include migration and the emerging religious movements in the Pacific. As notions of the modern and the traditional shift in these various contexts, the students will be asked to analyse such terms in relation to these changes.

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.