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This course examines cultural constructs of place, purpose, and position through the lens of turangawaewae. This Māori word is made up of two important ideologies (1) tūranga or place of standing, and (2) waewae or feet. Combined, the word is often translated as 'a place to stand.’ Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of Pacific research methodologies (PRS), present core cultural concepts embedded in PRS, and demonstrate how to implement ethical practices in any research design. Intended for students who are interested in initiating their own research projects in the future, the course is structured to enable those with little or prior knowledge of Indigenous research methods to place, document, revise an original project and appropriate questions.
This course introduces students to the social issues impacting the Pacific diaspora in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States of America. Despite the difference in location and migration, the Pacific diaspora are experiencing similar social issues. This course examines the various cultural factors that have contributed to the social issues impacting the Pacific diaspora globally.
The causes of conflict within the Pacific archipelago are unique because the issues fueling the conflict is not singular but rather an infusion of complicated layers as the result of colonialism, cultural ethnocentrism, clash of traditional and western political institutions as well pulling effect of globalization and modernization. This class will introduce you to some of the past and current major conflicts experienced in the Pacific region. It will look at what factors contributed to these conflicts and how it impacted both the traditional and western institutions in each Pacific Island nation.
The course is to familiarize the students with the legal systems in Oceania. Emphasis in this class will be given to historical legal systems and their development, including political status.
This reading and critical analysis intensive course explores the encounters in Oceania in relation to the values and embodied experiences of women in Oceania. The course examines the debates about universalism and relativism, nature and culture, and personhood and identity, in understanding the differences between women, men, and transgendered persons in a Pacific context. In this course, we will centralize the scholarship, voices, and experiences of women across the region and consider how attention to women's lives challenges a number of epistemological assumptions in academia.
This course provides an understanding of the social construct of race and its historical impact within and amongst Pacific Islanders, as well as in relation to other racial groups. It assumes the theoretical stance of intersectionality as a lens that illuminates the ways Pacific Islanders are situated in society and occurs at the nexus of race, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship status. A framework used in class will be focused on a set of basic perspectives, methods, and pedagogy that accounts for the role of race and racism that works towards identifying and challenging racism, while focusing on the experiences of Pacific Islanders.
An opportunity to pursue subjects otherwise not offered by the department. Instructor's permission is required.