Introduction to Pacific Studies

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for PACIFIC 100.


This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Pacific Studies, using indigenous ways of knowing as a framework for the expression and understanding of Pacific cultures. Topics covered include languages, identities, indigenous epistemologies, visual and performing arts, history and health and wellbeing.


Course aims:


This course is the main portal into Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, and most students' first taste of Pacific Studies. The course is designed with these students in mind, both to showcase, and to introduce Pacific studies. The aims of this course are introductory:


·         To introduce you to the fundamental elements of the Pacific.

·         To introduce you to the fundamental elements of Pacific Studies as a means of inquiry and knowledge.

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Patrick Thomsen


Readings will be available through CANVAS/Talis


Coursework + exam


PACIFIC 100: 15 points