The Pacific: Interdisciplinary Studies

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for PACIFIC 700.


This course lies at the heart of post-graduate studies in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. It aims to give students a deeper understanding of Pacific Studies as an (inter)discipline, an understanding of its constituent parts, its intellectual and institutional genealogies, as well as its diversities and its challenges.


The course begins with an exploration of Pacific Studies genealogies, discussions on indigenous knowledge and frameworks, and engagement with the wider politics of knowledge production about the Pacific. We then turn to key topics and debates, which may include gender and sexualities, cultural production, racial legacies, political contests, globalization and extractive commodities, diaspora and transnationalism, and the futures of Pacific Studies and Pacific communities.


By turning to some of the ideological and theoretical underpinnings of Pacific Studies, attending to its development and history, and examining key topics and debates, Pacific 700 provides the opportunity for give students to develop an emerging mastery of Pacific Studies.


Regular reading response discussion posts provides space to process and reflect on course readings, while the final research project gives students the opportunity to go deeper with topics and questions they have chosen.


Assessment: Coursework only


Readings: Most course readings are available on the PACIFIC 700 Talis list linked in Canvas.  Additional required readings are regularly updated and announced at the beginning of the semester.




View the course syllabus

Availability 2022

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Lisa Uperesa


PACIFIC 700: 30 points