The Contemporary Pacific

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for PACIFIC 105.


This course explores the ways in which Pacific peoples frame their contemporary world in the context of globalisation. It also examines factors that 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 other’s historical, political, socio-cultural, economic and religious worlds.


Course aims

1.    To enable students to understand diverse ways in which Pacific peoples (diaspora and in the islands) define, relate to and change the world around them;

2.    To allow students to link Pacific peoples' contemporary languages and cultures to the broader globalized world;

3.    To provide students with a broad grounding on the diversity of the Pacific cultures and life experiences as a basis for 200 and 300 level courses in Pacific studies;

4.    To enable students to appreciate the diversity of life experiences and ways of framing the Pacific. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students are expected to have:

1.    Developed an understanding of diverse ways in which Pacific peoples define, relate to and change the world around them;

2.    Been able to link Pacific people’s contemporary cultures and languages to the broader changing globalized world;

Availability 2021

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath


Provided for students through Canvas


Coursework + exam


PACIFIC 105: 15.0 points