Pacific Leadership: Navigators of Change

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for PACIFIC 209.


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.

Studies of Pacific leadership are important firstly because they highlight and elucidate inter- and intra-group differences and secondly, because they reveal the mechanisms/strategies of cultural influence. Theories and scholarship on traditional Pacific leadership will be explored with a critical discussion of aspects of how traditional Pacific leadership continues to challenge and mould contemporary leadership styles in Aotearoa and abroad.

Students will become familiar with the juxtaposition of traditional versus contemporary Pacific leadership in their critical analysis of the theory and practice of Pacific leadership across a broad range of Pacific settings. They will also be exposed to interdisciplinary approaches to Pacific leadership and will critically evaluate their learning using course materials and observations through written reports and essays and a final examination.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




PACIFIC 209: 15 points


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