Gafa o Tagata Pasifika - Pacific Diaspora in New Zealand

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gafa o Tagata Pasifika - Pacific Diaspora in New Zealand

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level ANTH, EDUC, MAOR, MUSI, PACI, RELS or SOWK points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    The Pacific diaspora living in New Zealand, including issues such as identity, culture, spirituality, education and contemporary music.
    The aim of this paper is to reinforce the presence and significance of Pacific People's issues within New Zealand and introduce students to a Pacific worldview as a platform to understanding the representation of Pacific People's issues by Western culture objectives. It will enable students to evaluate their attitudes to their own ethnicity by analysing Pacific people's issues.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students, on completion of the paper, will be able to:
    -Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific People's issues in contemporary contexts, with particular reference to New Zealand
    -Compare and contrast their own life experiences in relation to the stated course objectives
    -Demonstrate a knowledge of research skills through a range of mediums, such as discussion board posts, oral communication tasks, creative writing and essay writing
    -Facilitate discussion in small groups on Pacific People's issues

    Course Structure
    Internal Assessment 100%

    Readings are prescribed for each class and will be listed in the course outline, which will be available at the first lecture

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