Special Topic: Pacific Jurisprudence: a study of custom and law in the Pacific

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: Pacific Jurisprudence: a study of custom and law in the Pacific

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    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".

    Learning Objectives
    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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