Migration, Diaspora and Identity in the Pacific

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Migration, Diaspora and Identity in the Pacific

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PASI 201 or 202 or 40 pts from ANTH, ARTH, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, INTP, KURA, MAOR, MDIA, MUSC, POLS, SAMO, SOSC 100-299

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    How does culture change when people move? Where is 'home', and when, why, and how do we express a sense of connection to it?or do we? This seminar-based and research-oriented course examines the importance of migration and diaspora in processes of cultural change and identity formation in Pacific communities.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. understand the theoretical concept of diaspora, and be able to discuss it with relation to the Pacific Islands region and Pacific peoples, utilising concrete examples;
    2. understand a selection of indigenous Pacific theoretical concepts of movement and sociospatial relationship (for example malaga; teu le v?; tauhi v?; kula ni fuli, kula ni tua) and be able to discuss these in relationship to the concept of diaspora;
    3. build upon an understanding of these theoretical concepts to elaborate, in oral and written
    form, relationships between migration, diaspora, culture, and identity, utilising Pacific
    4. apply an understanding of relationships between migration, diaspora, culture, and identity
    in oral and written analysis of an example of Pacific culture or Pacific society.

    1st essay- 20%
    2nd essay- 20%
    Online reflection and assessment- 30%
    Group seminar presenations- 15%
    Group seminar responses- 15%

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