What does it mean to be a Pacific Islander today and in the future? This generic interdisciplinary course aims to develop Pacific consciousness and sustainability thinking. It introduces students to the places, histories, cultures, arts, and politics of Oceania. Specific issues include migration patterns; colonial and post-colonial contexts; Pacific understandings of cultural and natural heritage and conflict over natural resources. A unique aspect of this course is the use of a contextual pedagogy that applies Pacific navigational concepts through the use of a ‘Vaka’, or canoe, model. Navigating through specific issues and contexts related to Pacific histories, current realities and future aspirations of the region, students will develop self and collective awareness, demonstrate teamwork, and engage in critical and creative thinking.

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Course Description

See link to syllabus here: UU204 Pacific Worlds

Unit 1 Introduction to course & Migration patterns in the Pacific (origins, settler communities and recent migrants)
Unit 2 Contrast the colonial and post-colonial contexts in the Pacific
Unit 3 Natural resource use and conflict
Unit 4 Future challenges and opportunities
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University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific is the premier institution of higher learning in the Pacific region, uniquely situated in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity. Established...


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Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Multicultural and Diversity Studies Pacific Rim Studies

  • History

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Sociology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 60
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 22
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6
  • LPR not required for the following countries: Australia New Zealand

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University of the South Pacific

Suva, Fiji



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