Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies


PA402- Pacific Thought, Philosophy and Ethics

Prerequisites: Admission to PGDA or equivalent.

What is the applicability of Pacific knowledge systems and worldview in the contemporary globalising  world? This course illustrates  that an understanding and recognition  of the importance of Pacific thought,  philosophy and ethics is  crucial for  the  development of sustainable projects and policies over time. We will cover examples from  the Pacific visual and performing arts, oral tradition, theology, literature, policy making, education and community development projects.


Some of the readings will include Teaiwa (2012) Choreographing Difference: The (Body) Politics of Banaban Dance.Makihara, M and Schieffelin, B. (eds) (2007) Cultural processes and linguistic mediations: pacific explorations: 3-29, in Consequences of contact: language Ideologies and Socio-cultural transformation. New York: Oxford University Press

Offered in Semester 1

Lecturer Dr Jara  Hulkenberg 


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