Faculty of Arts


PACIFIC 311

Polynesian Warriors: Sport and Pacific Cultures


Description

Sport has profoundly impacted Pacific peoples and cultures, playing critical roles in everything from colonialism and education in the past, to migration and commercialisation in the present. Sport has changed and has been changed by Pacific people.

The course begins with a discussion of histories of sport in the Pacific, including traditional games and the impact of colonisation on sporting activities and pathways. 

We then examine contemporary youth sports, including the kinds of values and behaviours sports are thought to teach and the role of sport in developing male and female gender identities among young people. We continue with discussion of how sports has become a site for articulating different kinds of cultural, racial, ethnic and gender identities across New Zealand and the Pacific. 

In the last segments of the course we analyse media representations of Pacific people in sport, including the use of Polynesian cultural practices like haka, initiatives that use sport for development in the Pacific region, and sports injuries and mental health and wellbeing.

Availability 2020

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Lisa Uperesa

Points

PACIFIC 311: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points passed at Stage II

Restrictions

PACIFIC 211


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