EDUC 709 : Re-claiming Pasifika Education

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A critique of education policy, practice and research as experienced by Pacific-heritage communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Socio-cultural and historical perspectives are utilised. Pacific/Pasifika pedagogical frameworks and research approaches are examined in terms of underlying knowledges, philosophies and discourses and how these might position teachers and researchers in partnership with Pasifika communities, to enhance outcomes for Pasifika learners.

Course Overview

The Ministry of Education's Tapasā: Cultural competencies for teachers of Pacific learners has been used in this course  to develop an organisational  framework  through which to examine the key points outlined in the course prescription and  to identify key themes such as Pacific representation, context, relationality,  cultural competencies, knowledge, research and agency; as well as Pacific peoples and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This course is informed by research and consistent in connecting to broader context of education policy and practice.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and critique education policy, practice and research related to the education and development of Pacific-heritage peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand (Capability 2.1, 2.3, 4.1 and 5.2)
  2. Describe and discuss specific pedagogical approaches and frameworks considered to be of specific value for Pacific/Pasifika learners (Capability 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 4.3, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Identify and describe aspects of Pacific indigenous knowledge (Capability 1.1, 2.3 and 4.1)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of of what constitutes ‘success’ in education, for Pacific peoples (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 and 4.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reflections 20% Individual Coursework
Assignment 20% Individual Coursework
Presentation 20% Group Coursework
Reports 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
To pass this course students must achieve ar least 50% for the overall course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures. In addition to lectures , you can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 120 hours to independent learning. This may include reading, note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem-solving,  reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities  to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities that may be collaboratively planned once the course commentce ( e.g. in feild trip) will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

A Talis reading list of required readings will be available via CANVAS. This will include links to selected reports and documents from government agencies and ministries such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Pacific Peoples. In addition, a curated module of resources  (e.g video clips, websites, and other materials) will be located on the course CANVAS page.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Concern was expressed about the course schedule. There were two , two-week breaks ( incorporating the mid-semester break for the city and school holidays. In addition, there were two Monday public holidays ( honouring Queen Elizabeth and Labour Day) and this proved disruptive to continuity and to learning/ experience. This will be raised with Timetabling, and with HoS. Exemplars of assessments will be provided via CANVAS, as requested by students who completed SET evaluations. Discussion with HoS regarding workload and other issues that impact on lecturer marking turnaround times. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2022 08:51 a.m.