Comparative History in Polynesia

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative History in Polynesia

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PASI 101, 20 approved pts from Part A of the BA Schedule

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course compares and contrasts pre-colonial, colonial and 'post-colonial' experiences of eastern and western Polynesian societies. Students are introduced to a range of sources for historical research, including indigenous sources.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. identify and describe the basic principles and methods of historical and comparative
    approaches to studying Polynesia;
    2. define and illustrate an understanding of the key concepts of historical specificity, cultural specificity, norms, tapu and noa, structure and historical agency, mana and sovereignty;
    3. describe and evaluate the possible reasons for similarities or differences in the unfolding of history in eastern and western Polynesian countries;
    4. use the key themes, concepts and methods covered in PASI 201 in your own critical and
    creative evaluation of historical and comparative approaches to studying Polynesia.

    Short summaries-20%
    Comparative History Seminars- 10%
    Comparative Primary Source Assignment- 15%
    Comparative Secondary Source Assignment- 15%
    Final Exam- 40%

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