Special Topic: Pacific Jurisprudence: a study of custom and law in the Pacific
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Pacific Studies
Taught In English
PASI 201 or 40 20-level points from ANTH, ARTH, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, INTP, KURA, POLS, MAOR, SAMO, MDIA, MUSC, CRIM, SOSC, LAWS
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This course explores theories and philosophies of custom and law in the Pacific. It analyses the cultural and historical nuances of Pacific customs (such as "bride price" and the "ifoga") and related case law to reflect on whether there is such a thing as a "Pacific jurisprudence".
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. evaluate at a basic level key concepts, paradigms, goals and activities associated with the
development of a Pacific jurisprudence.
2. analyse at a basic level the relationship between customs and laws in at least one Pacific
nation state at different theoretical and practical levels.
3. show basic understanding of the similarities and differences between the custom and
introduced laws of at least four different Pacific nation states.
4. participate effectively in group and individual work.
5. demonstrate basic knowledge of key literatures and debates surrounding the pros and cons
of developing a Pacific jurisprudence.
100% internal assessment
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