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Pacific Island Studies (PAIS)


101. Oceanic Perspective: Academic & Career Development (3) (F, W, S) The course analyzes the impact of Pacific cultures and values in the context of higher education and the new setting. It identifies values and practices related to the "Pacific Way". It provides strategies to enable the major to be successful academically as well as in life. Areas of focus for the course include self-evaluation as well as adaptation and how to negotiate the system effectively. Exploring possible career paths in the Pacific region and preparing for employment.

105. Introduction to Pacific Island Studies (3) (F, W, S)  The course introduces students to Oceania, its people and cultures.  Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course  provides  background information  on the origin of the people of Oceania, history, geography, colonization, politics and Christianization.  The  main foci of the course include values, norms and cultural practices as well  as touching on languages, dances, food,  and 'the Pacific way' of doing things.  The main area of study is Eastern Oceania covering Fiji & Rotuma, Tonga, Samoa, Aotearoa, and Tahiti.

199R. Service Leadership Internship in Pacific Island Studies (1-3) (F, W, S) Off-campus service learning. Activities related to the major and employment will be approved. Prior approval is necessary, a program coordinated by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

300. Framing the Cultures of Moana Nui (3) (F, W) The course focuses on Pacific cultures especially "the Pacific Way" in the context of identity, values and ways of looking at different issues. Specific areas include indigenous leadership and protocol focusing on the chieftain system, land tenure, and social adaptation and globalization. Special ceremonies related to the culture will be covered including marriage, funerals, kava and other celebrations.

390R. Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (1-3) (F, W, S).

399R. Internship in Pacific Island Studies (1-12) (F, W, S) Credit for applied experience in Pacific island studies. Prior approval must be obtained and coordinated by a faculty member and on-site supervisor.

495R. Senior Tutorial (3) (F, W, S) Students develop an introductory tutorial or participate in a workshop that demonstrates a working knowledge of investigative techniques and Pacific Islands issues. (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.)

496R. Student Research (1-3) (F, W, S) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted a student research and development associateship.