PACIFIC 100/100G : Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa/Pacific Worlds


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduces students to Pacific Studies and the worlds of Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa (The Pacific). Through the study of taonga or cultural treasures drawn from specific cultures and societies, insights into Indigenous Pacific knowledges and practices are developed. Spanning deep history and the contemporary moment, this course provides a critical understanding of change in the Pacific over time and space.

Course Overview

Indigenous ways of knowing and doing are the framework for this course. It showcases Pacific Studies and provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ways Pacific cultures are expressed. To orient our semester journey together we begin with foundational knowledges. This includes Pacific settlement and history, visualising Pacific worlds, origin stories, and languages, as well as our place here in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa New Zealand. The bulk of the course is built around taonga, measina, or cultural treasures broadly defined, as entries into different parts of the Pacific, island nations, and cultures.  In the last part of the course we focus on contemporary issues and future avenues of study.  Throughout the semester we track commonalities or distinctions within and across island areas, changes over time and space, and other kinds of critical transformations (like the impact of religion, politics, or economy).

Through the study of foundational knowledges and taonga or measina broadly defined, students will:
  • Build knowledge about Pacific peoples, cultures, practices, and transformations over time and space
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of Pacific heritage, including Pacific presence in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa New Zealand 
  • Examine complex connections between and among peoples of the Pacific/Moananuiākiwa (including Māori) 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Build and further develop knowledge about Pacific peoples, cultures, practices, and transformations over time and space. (Capability 1.1)
  2. Explore and show understanding of the complexity of Pacific heritage, including Pacific presence in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa New Zealand. (Capability 1.1 and 6.2)
  3. Examine and reflect on complex connections between and among peoples of the Pacific/Moananuiākiwa (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 and 6.2)
  4. Develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills. (Capability 2.1 and 2.2)
  5. Be able to communicate effectively and creatively using visual and text formats. (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Weekly (Reading) Post (early sem) 10% Individual Coursework
Tutorial Engagement 10% Individual Coursework
Online Discussions (late sem) 10% Individual Coursework
Taonga Project (early sem) 20% Individual Coursework
Photo Essay (late sem) 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 30% Individual Coursework
Please note that we will be streamlining assessment for 2023 and may eliminate the final exam.  

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect on average per week: 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 2-3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2-3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.  This will vary over the course of the semester.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Most students will be part of the campus experience, but this semester there are a limited number of online tutorial streams.  Everyone is welcome to attend lecture in person; lectures will also be recorded and posted.  Those enrolled in the online tutorial streams will be able to be largely online if they wish, using lecture recordings.  Please note that for 2023 the final exam is likely to be removed, and the course may have 100% coursework.

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be live and in person; they will also be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.  A limited number of online tutorials will be offered.
If the exam is retained for 2023, attendance on campus may be required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.  Please note that only those enrolled in the online tutorials will be able to attend them.
Attendance on campus may be required for the exam, if it is retained.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.  We endeavor to have as much posted by the beginning of the semester as possible.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

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.

Text and multimedia materials will be available on Talis and Canvas.

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.

In response to student feedback, some changes (streamlining) will be made to assessments before the start of Sem 1 2023.

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

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

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 01/11/2022 12:26 p.m.