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(PAIS 320) Peace and Conflict in the Pacific

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.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites PAIS 105
Offered Fall, Winter
Programs Pacific Studies (BA), Pacific Studies Minor, Anthropology and Cultural Sustainability (BA)

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Students demonstrate understanding of facts, ideas of Pacific conflicts by interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing and explaining main ideas.
  2. Students can demonstrate and identify existing social, political and economic issues of each Pacific conflict by applying knowledge and facts from class readings and discussions.
  3. Students can present and defend opinions of each Pacific conflict by making judgements about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set criterion.
  4. Students will be able to compile, generate new information and ideas on the past and current issues of Pacific conflicts discussed in this class.