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(PAIS 331) Women in Oceania

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.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites PAIS 105
Offered Variable
Programs Pacific Studies (BA), Pacific Studies Minor

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. The course aims to give students interdisciplinary skills for conducting advanced and innovative research on traditional, hybrid, and societal roles in the Pacific.
  2. Analyze historical and modern scholarship by Pacific women to reflect critically on concepts, generate relevant questions, and shape independent arguments of how societal structures influence and are influenced by epistemological assumptions and pedagogical approaches that do not have relevance to indigenous or Pacific worldviews.
  3. Conduct research and develop critical thinking skills to identify resources, analyze issues, and create solutions in Oceania to produce different modes of subjectivities that empower studies to improve freedoms and access to freedoms that include the focus on girls and women in the Pacific.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of indigenous Pacific world views, languages, values, and viewpoints through verbal and written expressions.
  5. Develop services and leadership skills through the application of Pacific Islands Studies knowledge, skills, and research.