Framing the Pacific: Theorizing Culture and Society

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Framing the Pacific: Theorizing Culture and Society

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Languages, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PASI 201, 18 points in Maori, French, or Samoan language

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines a number of critical issues in the contemporary Pacific through a detailed consideration of the work, ideas, and writings of Pacific writers, artists, film makers, activists and scholars. It also encourages critiques of established historical and narrative accounts.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. identify and evaluate key historical and contemporary theories about society and culture in
    the Pacific;
    2. demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theorising and framing;
    3. demonstrate understanding of key discussions about the historical role of the intellectual in society and culture;
    4. demonstrate awareness of how artists and activists are engaged as intellectuals in
    theorising, framing or reframing the Pacific;
    5. analyse how artists and activists negotiate social and cultural tensions in Pacific societies;
    6. investigate whether and how the work of Pacific artists and activists is valued by their
    7. assess what we lose or gain when we consult artists and activists or look to art and
    activism as critical components of Pacific Studies.

    Annotated Bibliography- 10%
    2000-3000 word essay- 30%
    online reflection and assessment posts- 30%
    Group Seminar presenations- 15%
    Group seminar responses- 15%

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