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Pacific Island Studies (PAIS)


101. Oceanic Perspective: Academic and 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 Islands 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 Islands Studies (1-3) (Variable) 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.

250. Polynesian Dance and Performance (3) (F, W, S)  This course introduces students to the different dances of Polynesia specifically from Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji as well as the appropriate costumes and musical instruments. Students are expected to acquire the dances, dress in costumes and perform the learned dances.

275. Pacific Wood Carving (3) (F, W, S)  This course will introduce students to the traditional indigenous histories of carving in selected Pacific cultures and how they inform and enrich contemporary Pacific art. Students of this course will gain inspiration for designing a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary carving in the Pacific. They will also learn techniques to realize their design in a choice of wood, stone, bone, and man-made materials. 

300. Framing the Cultures of Oceania (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. (Prerequisite: PAIS 105)

375. Environmental Issues and Resource Management (3) (F, S)  Climate change and environmental issues are impacting the people of Oceania and their way of life. With globalization and economization, Oceania's natural, marine and cultural resources need to be identified and utilized to improve the quality of life through sustainable development while maintaining and protecting the environment. (Prerequisite: PAIS 105)

390R. Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (1-3) (Variable) (Prerequisite: PAIS 105)

399R. Internship in Pacific Islands Studies (1-3) (F, W, S) Credit for applied experience in Pacific Islands Studies. Prior approval must be obtained and coordinated by a faculty member and on-site supervisor. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor)

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 (3) (F, W, S) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted a student research associateship. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor)