Pacific History

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pacific History

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 pts from (HIST 100-199, CLAS 104, 105)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course provides an introduction to the history of the peoples of the Pacific Islands from their initial settlement of the region to the present day. Beginning with Pacific Islanders' colonisation of the region, the course then charts Pacific Islanders' progressive involvement in the emerging global economy following sustained European contact and involvement with the region.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a familiarity with the principal themes and turning points of Pacific history;
    2. demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of perspectives involved in multi-cultural settings;
    3. evaluate conflicting interpretations of events, as well as detect bias and the unstated
    assumptions underlying the arguments (as presented in tutorial readings, etc);
    4. effectively argue a viewpoint through clearly stated, well-planned and researched essays;
    5. clearly and confidently give verbal expression to ideas, arguments and questions in small-group (eg, tutorial) situations;
    6. show attention to detail by applying the conventions of historians in citation, referencing and documentation.

    Class debate- 20%
    1200 word essay- 20%
    2500 word research essay- 40%
    Portfolio of tutorial tasks- 20%

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