Faculty of Arts


Advanced Pacific Studies

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for PACIFIC 304.


This is the capstone course for the Pacific Studies major. The purpose of this course is to equip and empower students in their understanding of interdisciplinary methods and approaches in Pacific studies, to do work that engages Pacific communities.

We start the course with student-led discussions about issues facing Pacific communities within and outside New Zealand. Using those as a departure point, students work on their first project in small groups, researching their chosen issue and proposing an intervention. Along the way, students learn about different resources and research approaches, as well as tap in to their own creativity. 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 course features guest speakers and field trips that are designed to expose students to different kinds of work in and with Pacific communities (past field trip sites have included the Auckland Art Gallery and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, with guest speakers from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Pacific Studies faculty and alumni, and tailored workshops by Career Development and Employability Services, among others). 

The last section and central feature of the course is the original research project completed by each student, which builds on methods and knowledge learned over the course of the semester. The class fittingly ends with presentations at Pacific Research Night, which is open to the public.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2020

Semester 2


Lecturer(s)  Marcia Leenen-Young


PACIFIC 304: 15.0 points


PACIFIC 200 and a minimum B- average at Stage II in Pacific Studies

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