PACIS300-21A (HAM)

Contemporary Critical Issues in the Pacific

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper looks at key Pacific contemporary issues specifically in the spaces of knowledge & identity, racism & politics, land & place, education & learning, gender, language, health & wellbeing, climate change, and arts & activism.
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Paper Structure

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The nature of PACIS300 will be collaborative learning with some lecturing, lots of talanoa and student-led discussion. There will be a lot of activity-based learning with lots of opportunities for contribution, positive class involvement and self-development. There will be ambitious amounts of entertaining reading and there are assignments which provide opportunities for you to consider and extend your engagement with the material discussed in class.

PACIS300 will cover topics of: knowledge & identity, racism & politics, land & place, education & learning, gender, language & culture, health & wellbeing, climate change, and arts & activism.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of key Pacific contemporary issues
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  • Critically engage with relevant Pacific and Indigenous scholars, thinkers, writers, artists, auteurs, activists and community leaders on contemporary issues facing our Pacific communities
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  • Apply learning to practical and political matters that affect Pacific communities
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  • Demonstrate key research skills in designing original research that addresses Pacific contemporary issues.
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Assessment

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. My Sea of Reading
Sum of All
9 Jun 2021
No set time
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. My Sea of Reading - Part 1 (10%)
5 Mar 2021
7:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. My Sea of Reading - Part 2 (10%)
2 Jun 2021
7:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. My Sea of Reading - Part 3 (15%)
9 Jun 2021
7:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. For the future Nesian scholar...
12 Mar 2021
7:00 PM
10
  • Email: Lecturer
6. Woven narratives & PACIS repository
9 Apr 2021
7:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Solwara/Lọjet photo essay
12 May 2021
7:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Moana-nizing Wikipedia
24 May 2021
7:00 PM
15
  • In Class: In Workshop
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Most weeks you will have required readings; these will be available through Moodle. Any exceptions, for example exhibit catalogues, will be provided in class.
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Recommended Readings

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Recommended readings related to topics we discuss will be listed each week on Moodle
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Online Support

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PACIS300 requires you to make use of Moodle; this is where announcements and additional resources are shared. The paper does not use Panopto.
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Workload

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This is a 15 point paper, and so you should plan to spend 150 hours on it over the course of semester. This time allocation includes lectures/talanoa (48 hours), reading, and preparation of assignments.

Do not forget to allow time to prepare for lectures/talanoa: it is expected that when readings are required for specific lectures you will attend having read the material carefully and having thought about how it connects to our paper.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is part of the Pacific & Indigenous Studies major. This major is made up of several papers across FMIS and FASS, and includes the three key papers PACIS100, PACIS200 and PACIS300. In 2020, additional PACIS papers include PACIS201-20A: Pacific texts, and PACIS500-20B: Critical Pacific Studies. For more information: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/study/subjects/pacific-and-indigenous-studies.
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