Semester 1

PASI1011 Pacific Encounters: An Introduction to Pacific Studies

Course convenors - Rochelle Bailey & Roannie Ng Shiu
2018/19: Semester 1

Pacific encounters provides an introduction to debates that shape how we conceptualise and think about the Pacific region and its peoples. The course is built around three learning modules - the past, present and future. We examine the voyages that brought people to the region, as well as colonisation and its impact on the region. The focus on the present examines recent voyages that Pacific people have taken to Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and how Pacific cultures and identities have evolved over time and place. Finally, we consider how the past and the present can help us imagine the future.

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PASI2003 Environment and Development in the Pacific

Course convenors - Meg Keen & Paul D’Arcy
2018/19: Semester 1

The course examines the contemporary relationships between environment, development and conflict in the cultural area known as “Melanesia”, with a particular focus on the independent nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Teaching and learning are organised around three case applied studies in which groups of students take the lead in directing the enquiry. The broad topics of the case studies are land and development, conflict, and Australia’s ongoing engagements with the Pacific. The course engages the disciplinary lenses of geography, anthropology and to a lesser extent, political science.

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POLS2055 Pacific Politics

Course convenors - Stewart Firth & Kerryn Baker 2018/19: Semester 1

The success of politics and political systems in the Pacific Islands is measured by their capacity to deliver development in poor states. We explore this dynamic by looking at the politics of development and the development of politics. In the first half of the course we examine the politics of development, with reference to the impact of colonialism, decolonisation and secessionism; the place of the Island countries in international politics, especially in relation to the rise of China in the Pacific and the response of the USA; the political impact of official development assistance; and tensions between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ modes of governance. In the second half of the course we investigate the development of politics, including attempts to engineer development outcomes via constitutions and electoral systems; intervention in Island countries by outside powers such as Australia; the phenomenon of state-building, particularly in ethnically divided societies; and women’s representation in politics.

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STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands

Course convenors - James Batley, Sinclair Dinnen & Meg Keen
2018/19: Semester 1

In 1999 SDSC’s Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb coined the term ‘arc of instability’ to describe the island chain to the north of Australia, ranging from Indonesia through the Pacific islands to New Zealand. Although this idea is contested, the Australian government consistently identifies this arc as the region from or through which a security threat to Australia could most easily be posed. As a result, Australia is engaged in extensive efforts to support stability and security in this region, which is the site of the majority of Australia’s military deployments, policing operations and development expenditure.

This course critically analyses the security challenges facing this arc, and the efforts Australia is taking to secure the region. These efforts include transnational crime and counterterrorism cooperation, natural disaster response, intervention and stabilisation, criminal justice assistance, governance capacity-building and development assistance. It considers the implications of the whole-of-government approach taken by the government. It also assesses the outlook over the next decade for security in this strategically important region.

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Semester 2

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific

Course convenor - Paul D’Arcy
2018/19: Semester 2

Violent conflicts over natural resources are an enduring feature of social and political life at different scales and levels of organisation. The inter-state and geopolitical dimensions of conflicts over resources such as oil and water loom large in the popular imaginary. However, resource conflicts in the global South are predominantly fought internally, within the boundaries of the nation-state. It is these sorts of conflicts that are the focus of this course.

The course is structured around a series of case studies drawn from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. A political ecology framework is applied to the analysis of how land and different types of resource complexes - including mining, oil and gas, forestry, and oil palm - can be implicated in violent conflict. Alongside these case studies, students undertake their own analysis of a natural resource conflict in which they are attentive to the role of different actors - especially the state, communities and corporations - and to questions of scale, power and identity.

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PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Course convenor - Vicki Luker
2018/19: Semester 2

Is Australia just one big Pacific Island? In this course we tease this core question by exploring the history of Australia and Oceania - with a special focus on the island Pacific - through the ‘long’ 19th and 20th centuries. As a preliminary, we look at Australia and the Pacific in ‘deep time’, outlining the initial waves of human settlement and prehistoric mobility, before tackling major themes of Australia’s interactions with the island world: through European expansion and first encounters; the thickening relationships of trade, missionisation and formal colonialism in the 19th century; the world wars; the post war period; the era of independence; and developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries - including Australia’s ‘interventions’ in the Pacific, the growth of Australia’s own Pasifika populations, and changing perceptions of Australia in the region.

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PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

Course convenors - Roannie Ng Shiu & Kerryn Baker
2018/19: Semester 2

This course aims to enhance understanding of the current challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands region, and in particular Pacific Island cultural approaches these challenges and opportunities. It is designed for later year undergraduates, graduate students, development practitioners and policy-makers. The course examines a range of issues, including: conflict, corruption and democracy; urbanisation, labour mobility and migration; regionalism and the interests of external powers; cultural policy, popular culture, the arts and human development; and globalisation and the environment.

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SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology in Australia and the Pacific

Course convenors - Paul D’Arcy & Alastair Greig
2018/19: Semester 2

Environmental sociology examines the relationships between people and their natural and built environments. It focuses on questions such as: how environmental problems are known, defined and acted upon; why some potentially important issues are largely ignored; the role of institutions and economic networks in shaping relationships with the non-human environment; how different social groups are affected by environmental problems and controversies; and the role of social movements in promoting positive environmental change. While the course covers many topical issues, there is a major focus on developing the conceptual skills to apply a sociological imagination to a much wider variety of environmental issues.

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ASIA2097 Global Learning

Course convenors -Nicole Haley & Roannie Ng Shiu
2018/19: Winter

This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in a range of different learning abroad opportunities offered by the Coral Bell School each year. Opportunities may include faculty-led study tours, as well as programs delivered by partner institutions. Details of the 2018 course will be advertised during Semester One. Opportunities to participate in this course will made available through a competitive selection process. Students participating in this course will receive funding support through the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.

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Course convenor

Dr. Kerryn Baker

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