Dean's Message - Faculty of Arts and Law

Message from the Dean

Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate

Choose the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) and you will join a vibrant, devoted, and talented group of academics with a profile and presence second to none.

Whether your interest lies in Literature or Law, Journalism or History, Social Science or Education, you will be given every opportunity to follow your passion, to pursue your research interests and to develop your analytical, critical and creative faculties.  The faculty has a longstanding tradition of cutting-edge research and teaching and offers a wide variety of programmes leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees from BA, MA to PhD.

FALE graduates find employment as teachers, lawyers, writers, editors, librarians, social workers broadcasters, civil society advocates, diplomats, translators, interpreters, journalists, academics, politicians, designers, proof-readers, directors, rights activists and public intellectuals.  They are hired by respected regional and international agencies—European Union, United Nations, Forum Secretariat, AusAID, NGOs, Women’s Organizations, and so on.  They also possess transferable skills that allow them to change jobs with relative ease.

FALE is made up of five distinctive units:

1.School of Education (SOE)

SOE offers programs to meet the current and emerging educational and developmental goals of the Pacific island nations. The school offers programmes in the following disciplines: Early Childhood Education and Care, Special and Inclusive Education, Primary and Secondary Education, Library/Information Studies, Non-Formal Education, Educational Evaluation, Educational Leadership and Change and Tertiary Teaching.  The teacher education programmes are continuously rationalized and developed to ensure that they incorporate Pacific values, ethics, knowledge systems and indigenous pedagogy where possible. It also takes into account best and ‘smart practices developed regionally and globally.

2. School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM)

SLAM’s vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the undertaking of teaching, research, publication, consultancy, artistic creation, public performance and community service in those areas associated with its various disciplines, focused on, but not limited to, the Pacific region. The School offers a variety of Diploma and Degree programmes in Journalism, Vernacular Languages (Fijian and Hindi), Literature, and Linguistics. Minors are also available in French, Mandarin and Creative Writing.   SLAM has a number of high profile scholars and writers on its list of academic staff, including significant authorities in the following areas: Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies, Fijian and Pacific Studies, Applied Linguistics, Endangered Pacific Languages, Poststructuralist Philosophy and the works of Flann O’Brien and James Joyce.  The Confucius Institute, The Pacific Writing Forum, Radio Pasifik, Pacific Languages Unit and The Learning Services Centre are housed within the School. 

3. School of Law (SOL)

SOL provides you with a rich and rewarding experience in legal education. The programmes offered by the School of Law specifically focus on the legal systems of the Pacific region, particularly those of USP's 12 Member Countries. This focus on the laws of the South Pacific region gives the courses offered by USP's School of Law a very distinctive flavour.

4. School of Social Sciences (SOSS)

 SOSS is a thriving centre for teaching and research in the fields of: History, Pacific Policing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies. The school is known for the thoroughness of its teaching and care for students. It also has a reputation for research of national and international excellence and the products of this research inform the courses taught within the School.  SOSS have staff have published internationally in their particular fields. 

5. Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS)

The academic program at the Centre is led by Pacific Studies. It offers UU204 – Pacific Worlds, one of four university-wide courses. Pacific Studies also offers a Postgraduate Diploma, and MA and PhD degrees. Pacific Studies students explore a range of topics that prioritize indigenous voices and experiences through interdisciplinary approaches. Pacific Studies also offers a Program for International Student Groups. This program is primarily designed for Student Groups from Universities. Our program is intended mainly  for undergraduates, combining lecture presentations and site visits on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.

OCACPS is a leading creative centre for visual and performing arts in the region, with a growing international reputation.  The Oceania Dance Theatre, Pasifika Voices Ensemble, Newsounds Studio, Newsounds Oceania band, and the Oceania Visual artists have all have found a home at the Oceania Centre. The Centre has one of the largest collection of contemporary art works in the region which are exhibited  at its very own  Gallery of Oceanian Art. The Oceania Centre is also host to the Pacific Heritage Hub. 

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