Courses - Faculty of Arts


Pacific Studies

Stage I

PACIFIC 100
15 Points

PACIFIC 100G
15 Points

Introduction to Pacific Studies

Introduces students to the discipline of Pacific Studies, framed by Pacific ways of knowing and doing and the expression and understanding of Pacific cultures. Topics covered include: health and wellbeing, ethnic and gender identities, spirituality, history, politics, sports and society, languages, performing arts, leadership and innovation and sustainability.

PACIFIC 105
15 Points

The Contemporary Pacific

Explores the ways in which Pacific peoples frame their contemporary world in the context of globalisation. It also examines factors which shape contemporary Pacific life and popular culture as well as some of the challenges emanating from how Pacific peoples construct and make sense of their own and others’ historical, political, socio-cultural, economic and religious worlds.

PACIFIC 110
15 Points

Pacific Music and Dance

Practical and theoretical introduction to performing cultures of the Pacific with emphasis on Polynesian cultures. Basic music and dance skills are taught in practical instruction. Consideration of commonalities and differences among Pacific cultures. Academic discussion of styles, instruments, performer categories and the place of the performing arts in Pacific cultures.

Stage II

PACIFIC 200
15 Points

Pacific Studies

Builds students' core knowledge of the Pacific, introducing key debates and interdisciplinary methods in Pacific Studies. The course tackles critical concerns in the Pacific Islands' region, including those of its peoples, transnationalism and globalisation, government and economy, health, wellbeing and climate.

Prerequisite: PACIFIC 100 or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses

PACIFIC 205
15 Points

Special Topic: Pacific Innovation and Sustainability

Examines innovation and sustainability of Pacific Peoples in the Pacific and within the Pacific communities of Aotearoa. Explores the adaptability and innovation of Pacific peoples to create sustainable communities that embody both traditional cultural values and identities, and are also focused on future development, opportunity, mobility, and communal success.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 305

PACIFIC 206
15 Points

Pacific Youth: Contemporary Realities in the Pacific Region

Addresses critical contemporary issues for youth in the Pacific region with a particular emphasis on Aotearoa. Throughout this course, issues around health and wellbeing, identities (ethnic, spiritual, gender), education, climate change, artistic expressions, resilience, youth engagement and risk taking behaviours will be examined, and the impacts these have upon Pacific young peoples, their families and their communities will be explored.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 306

PACIFIC 207
15 Points

Topics in Pacific Arts

A survey of traditional Pacific art forms focusing specifically on their histories, significance and socio-cultural functioning within contemporary Pacific diasporas. Art forms covered in this course include Pacific architecture, body adornment, tapa (barkcloth), tivaevae (quilt-making), tatau (tattoo) and weaponry. This course will look at these art forms as part of dynamic living cultures within an ever changing, ever global Pacific. Issues addressed in this course include gender, power, ritual and the impact of new technologies on notions of tradition.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 308

PACIFIC 208
15 Points

Special Topic: Gender and the Pacific in a Globalising World

Gender affects the way identity, culture and wellbeing is experienced and navigated in the Pacific. Moreover, these processes are complicated by emerging cosmopolitanisms that impact gendered bodies, cultures, institutions, nations and states. This course examines the intersections of race, sex, biology, ableism, colonialism, nationality, politics and social movements in our constructions/understanding of gender in a Pacific and global context.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 307

PACIFIC 209
15 Points

Pacific Leadership: Navigators of Change

Pacific leadership has had profound effects on Pacific peoples, playing critical roles in how Pacific societies have responded to the forces of colonisation, Christianity and capitalism. The course will examine Pacific traditional leadership and contemporary leadership in areas such as politics, academia, education, the arts, sports and health, analysing changes and developments.

Prerequisite: 15 points from PACIFIC 100, 105, 110, or 15 points at Stage I in Education, Anthropology, History, or approval of Head of School or nominee

Restriction: PACIFIC 309

PACIFIC 210
15 Points

Pacific Music and Dance 2

Instruction in the intermediate music and dance forms of specific Pacific nations. Practical focus on acquisition of fundamental music and dance skills, for example songs, commands, gestures, posture, costumes, discussion of styles, instruments, performer categories and the place of the performing arts in the identified Pacific cultures. Two-four music and dance items will normally be taught during the semester.

Prerequisite: PACIFIC 110 or 30 points in Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice

PACIFIC 211
15 Points

Polynesian Warriors: Sport and Pacific Cultures

Sport has profoundly impacted Pacific peoples and cultures, playing critical roles in colonialism and education in the past, to migration and commercialisation in the present. Sport has changed Pacific cultures and been changed by Pacific cultures. Pacific cultural encounters with globalisation, race, capitalism, migration and public discourse will be explored through the experience of sport.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 311

PACIFIC 212
15 Points

Pacific Indigenous Literatures and Knowledges

Studies Pacific genres of oral literature in English translation. Genres include oratory, poetry, tales of creation, folk tales, and proverbs and sayings.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 312

PACIFIC 213
15 Points

Pacific Wellbeing: Empowering Dimensions

Examines empowering notions of Pacific wellbeing for Pacific individuals, families and communities. Students explore definitions of Pacific wellbeing and the cultural concepts, models, practices and worldviews that have enhanced the overall positive wellbeing experiences of Pacific peoples across the Pacific region.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: PACIFIC 313

Stage III

PACIFIC 300
15 Points

NZ-Born Pacific Identities

Explores the complex issues of growing up as NZ-born persons of Pacific descent. Examines how their dual or multiple identities affect and interact with their behaviours, priorities, social relationships and their concept of self. The course will use a cross-cultural perspective, exploring ethnic identities of other minorities. The concept of inter-generational ethnic identity will also be considered.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Pacific Studies

PACIFIC 304
15 Points

Advanced Pacific Studies

This is the 'capstone' course for the Pacific Studies major. It is particularly engaged with the theory and methods of Pacific Studies. Different modes of presenting Pacific Studies work, and their relevance for real world applications - from policy papers and briefings to NGO reports - are also explored. The central feature of the course is the large project to be completed by each student, which will combine knowledge taught in this course with original research.

Prerequisite: PACIFIC 200 and a minimum B– average at Stage II in Pacific Studies

PACIFIC 305
15 Points

Special Topic: Pacific Innovation and Sustainability

Examines innovation and sustainability of Pacific Peoples in the Pacific and within the Pacific communities of Aotearoa. Explores the adaptability and innovation of Pacific peoples to create sustainable communities that embody both traditional cultural values and identities, and are also focused on future development, opportunity, mobility, and communal success.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 205

PACIFIC 306
15 Points

Pacific Youth: Contemporary Realities in the Pacific Region

Addresses critical contemporary issues for youth in the Pacific region with a particular emphasis on Aotearoa. Throughout this course, issues around health and wellbeing, identities (ethnic, spiritual, gender), education, climate change, artistic expressions, resilience, youth engagement and risk taking behaviours will be examined, and the impacts these have upon Pacific young peoples, their families and their communities will be explored.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 206

PACIFIC 307
15 Points

Special Topic: Gender and the Pacific in a Globalising World

Gender affects the way identity, culture and wellbeing is experienced and navigated in the Pacific. Moreover, these processes are complicated by emerging cosmopolitanisms that impact gendered bodies, cultures, institutions, nations and states. This course examines the intersections of race, sex, biology, ableism, colonialism, nationality, politics and social movements in our constructions/understanding of gender in a Pacific and global context.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 208

PACIFIC 308
15 Points

Special Topic: Topics in Pacific Arts

A survey of traditional Pacific art forms focusing specifically on their histories, significance and socio-cultural functioning within contemporary Pacific diasporas. Art forms covered in this course include Pacific architecture, body adornment, tapa (barkcloth), tivaevae (quilt-making), tatau (tattoo) and weaponry. This course will look at these art forms as part of dynamic living cultures within an ever changing, ever global Pacific. Issues addressed in this course include gender, power, ritual and the impact of new technologies on notions of tradition.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 207

PACIFIC 309
15 Points

Pacific Leadership: Navigators of Change

Pacific leadership has had profound effects on Pacific peoples, playing critical roles in how Pacific societies have responded to the forces of colonisation, Christianity and capitalism. The course will examine Pacific traditional leadership and contemporary leadership in areas such as politics, academia, education, the arts, sports and health, analysing changes and developments.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Pacific Studies, Education, Anthropology, History, or approval of Head of School or nominee

Restriction: PACIFIC 209

PACIFIC 310
15 Points

Koneseti

Under supervision of instructors, students plan, rehearse, publicise and present a public song and dance performance. Repertoire selection, costuming, and rehearsal skills will be taught.

Prerequisite: PACIFIC 210 or 30 points at Stage II in Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice

PACIFIC 311
15 Points

Polynesian Warriors: Sport and Pacific Cultures

Sport has profoundly impacted Pacific peoples and cultures, playing critical roles in colonialism and education in the past, to migration and commercialisation in the present. Sport has changed Pacific cultures and been changed by Pacific cultures. Pacific cultural encounters with globalisation, race, capitalism, migration and public discourse will be explored through the experience of sport.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 211

PACIFIC 312
15 Points

Pacific Indigenous Literatures and Knowledges

Studies Pacific genres of oral literature in English translation. Genres include oratory, poetry, tales of creation, folk tales, and proverbs and sayings.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 212

PACIFIC 313
15 Points

Pacific Wellbeing: Empowering Dimensions

Examines empowering notions of Pacific wellbeing for Pacific individuals, families and communities. Students explore definitions of Pacific wellbeing and the cultural concepts, models, practices and worldviews that have enhanced the overall positive wellbeing experiences of Pacific peoples across the Pacific region.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage II

Restriction: PACIFIC 213

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

PACIFIC 700
30 Points

The Pacific: Interdisciplinary Studies

An examination of the ways in which the Pacific has been and is studied in the humanities and social sciences; an analysis and evaluation of views and perspectives on the development of the region and its peoples.

PACIFIC 701
30 Points

Pacific Language Studies

Students will research topics such as the historical origins of Pacific languages, their linguistic structure, orthographies, speech levels, sociolinguistic situation in Aotearoa including language shift, loss and maintenance, bilingualism and biliteracy, and the relationship between language, culture and identity.

PACIFIC 705
30 Points

Special Topic: Pacific History 1880-1980: Islanders, Empires and the World

Examines the encounters between a variety of indigenous Pacific societies and European and American empires. Beginning in the period when imperial activity in the Pacific intensified, this course investigates key developments from the colonial period to decolonisation, focusing on the entanglement of Pacific Island histories with larger scale transnational developments such as imperialism, capitalism, world war, and decolonisation.

PACIFIC 707
30 Points

Special Topic

PACIFIC 708
30 Points

PACIFIC 708A
15 Points

PACIFIC 708B
15 Points

Special Study

An approved research topic.

To complete this course students must enrol in PACIFIC 708 A and B, or PACIFIC 708

PACIFIC 710
15 Points

Special Study

PACIFIC 711
30 Points

Intervention, Prevention and Promotion of Pacific Wellbeing

Appraises some critical issues negatively affecting Pacific wellbeing across the Pacific region. Examines both the research and systemic processes that seek to combat these adverse effects via strengths-based Pacific-focused interventions and prevention strategies, as well as other approaches that promote positive aspects of Pacific wellbeing.

PACIFIC 712
30 Points

Pacific Indigenous Thought

Explores the relevance and use of Pacific indigenous concepts such as vanua, tapu, and mana across a range of disciplinary contexts. Focuses on Samoan, Fijian and Tongan concepts.

PACIFIC 713
15 Points

Special Topic

PACIFIC 714
30 Points

Pacific Research Methodologies and Practices

Analyses critical approaches to Pacific research development and evaluation of research design in Pacific Studies. Focuses on analytical engagement with a range of Pacific methodologies and methods in Pacific research. Includes application of theory to research questions and development of proposals for research that draw on Pacific world views and form a basis for robust, innovative and significant research contributions.

Restriction: PACIFIC 702, 709

PACIFIC 715
30 Points

The Global Pacific

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding contemporary challenges for Pacific societies, incorporating anthropological, sociological, historical, and Pacific/Indigenous Studies sources. Examines contemporary challenges and potential futures of the Pacific through a focus on the key themes of colonial legacies, globalisation, and transnationalism; the movement of people and commodities; articulations of popular culture and practice; and sovereignty, power, and movements toward indigenous resurgence.

Restriction: PACIFIC 704

PACIFIC 781
30 Points

Topics in Pacific Research

Explores theoretical/methodological issues and debates in Pacific research. Provides students with the knowledge and skills to identify a suitable research topic and develop an appropriate research question. Students will prepare and undertake a small research project, and analyse and report on the research process/findings.

Restriction: PACIFIC 702, 709

PACIFIC 785
30 Points

PACIFIC 785A
15 Points

PACIFIC 785B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in PACIFIC 785 A and B, or PACIFIC 785

PACIFIC 792
45 Points

PACIFIC 792A
22.5 Points

PACIFIC 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in PACIFIC 792 A and B, or PACIFIC 792

PACIFIC 793
60 Points

Dissertation

Restriction: PACIFIC 792

PACIFIC 796A
60 Points

PACIFIC 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Pacific Studies with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in PACIFIC 796 A and B

PACIFIC 797A
60 Points

PACIFIC 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in PACIFIC 797 A and B

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