Art in the Pacific
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Art History, Pacific Studies
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
A survey of art in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia from pre-historical times to the mid-twentieth century. It will explore a range of critical topics including: Pacific perspectives on the nature and purpose of 'art', the role of art within different social and political formations, and indigenous artistic responses to colonialism and modernity
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. understand, analyse and interpret the art of this region within relevant historical, social,
political and theoretical contexts;
2. gather and organise relevant information and evidence from published materials (i.e.
secondary sources) and to construct an argument using this material;
3. present material which is coherent and well-written and which demonstrates an
understanding of the conventions of academic writing (including appropriate citation,
referencing and documentation).
Test 1- 35%
Test 2- 25%
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.
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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.