The Pacific Heritage

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Pacific Heritage

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This is a survey course on a range of Pacific nations, covering socio-cultural, geographical, economic, and historical issues including indigenous perspectives.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of a Pacific Studies approach to studying the Pacific Heritage;
    2. define and illustrate an understanding of the key concepts of discipline, interdisciplinary,
    imagined communities, structure and agency, indigenous knowledge and translation;
    3. use the key themes and concepts of PASI 101 in your own critical and/or creative analysis of
    particular case/s where issues relating to the Pacific heritage are at stake.

    Tutorial Seminars- 40%
    Poto Essay/ Akamai Exhibition- 20%
    Final Exam- 40%

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.

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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.

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