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Pacific Island Studies (PACS)

PACS 108 Pacific Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies (3)

Introduces students to the geography, societies, histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and arts of Oceania, including Hawai‘i. Combines lectures and discussion that emphasize Pacific Islander perspectives and experiences. A-F only.

PACS 120 Politics and Poetics of Climate Change in Oceania (3)

Examines the causes and impacts of, and responses to, climate change in the Pacific Islands through interdisciplinary approaches: natural sciences, politics, economics, as well as legal, cultural, and creative/artistic dimensions. A-F only.

PACS 201 Islands of Globalization (3)

Combined lectures, service-learning. Examines the nature and impact of globalization on Pacific Island societies, viewed from the perspective of islanders who engage with global forces and processes, and create strategies to survive. Limit 20 students. A-F only.

PACS 202 Pacific Islands Movement and Migration (3)

Combined lecture and service-learning activities. Examines the diaspora of Pacific Islanders. Includes a service-learning activity examining cultural, political, and economic status of groups of Pacific Islanders living in other Pacific places. Limit of 20 students. A-F only.

PACS 203 Arts in Oceania–An Introduction (3)

Practical and theoretical study of arts in Oceania in relevant cultural contexts. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Fall only)

PACS 301 Pacific Communities in Hawai‘i (3)

Examines Pacific Islander communities’ experiences in Hawai‘i through service learning, reading, writing, lecture, and discussion. Concerns about housing, employment, education, health, language, and culture are central. A-F only.

PACS 302 Contemporary Issues in Oceania (3)

Combined lecture/discussion. Examination of critical political, social, and economic issues in the Pacific Islands region today.

PACS 303 Thinking Through Pacific Arts, Ritual, and Performance (3)

Lecture, discussion, and workshop series surveys arts, ritual, and performance practices throughout the Pacific. Engaging with Pacific traditions of thought, and creative approaches to research, students also return findings to Pacific communities. Repeatable one time. Sophomore standing or higher.

PACS 333 Islands and Archipelagos (3)

Applies an island studies perspective to critically evaluate the commonalities and differences across islands and archipelagos in several world regions. Examines how island geographies influence social identities and movements and are impacted by environmental conditions. Sophomore standing or higher. A-F only. (Cross-listed as GEO 333)

PACS 371 Literature of the Pacific (3)

Basic concepts and representative texts for the study of the literature of the Pacific, including Pacific voyagers and contemporary writings in English by Pacific Islanders. Pre: one ENG DL course or consent. (Cross-listed as ENG 371)

PACS 399 Directed Research (V)

Repeatable up to 12 credits.

PACS 401 Pacific Islander Collaborative Research (3)

Engage in intensive collaborative research with a Pacific Islander community in Hawai‘i, culminating in a research paper and public presentation. Junior standing or higher.

PACS 462 Drama and Theatre of Oceania (3)

Survey of the contemporary drama and theatre of Oceania that combines island and Western traditions. Includes Papua New Guinea, Hawai‘i, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand. Pre: ANTH 350 or THEA 101, or consent. (Cross-listed as THEA 462)

PACS 474 Studies in Hawaiian and/or Pacific Literature (3)

Intensive study of selected questions, issues, traditions, writers, movements, or genres in the field of Pacific literature. Repeatable one time. Pre: ENG 320 and one other 300-level ENG course. (Crosslisted as ENG 474)

PACS 492 Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (3)

Repeatable two times.

PACS 493 Moving Images in the Pacific Islands (3)

Critically examines indigenous and foreign representations of the Pacific Islands and is designed to make film a central focus of inquiry for students interested in the contemporary Pacific. Repeatable one time.

PACS 494 Culture and Consumption in Oceania (3)

Lecture on changing patterns of consumption in Oceania, and the historical, political, cultural, artistic, and economic forces shaping such practices. Pre: upper division standing, or consent.

PACS 601 Learning Oceania (3)

Graduate seminar. Introduction to the nature and origins of Pacific Studies as an organized field of study. Epistemological, conceptual, political and ethical issues facing students of the region today. Co-requisite: 602.

PACS 602 Re/Presenting Oceania: Pacific and American Perspectives (3)

Graduate seminar. Critical analysis of the way physical, social and cultural aspects of Oceania have been represented in scholarly and popular media. Co-requisite: 601.

PACS 603 Researching Oceania: Creative and Conventional Methods of Inquiry (3)

Graduate seminar. Literacy, theory and method in the creation of a Master’s research project. Pre: 601 and 602.

PACS 640 Women in Oceania (3)

Will look at feminist theory, ethnography, culture, activism and globalization in the context of writing, research and film on or by Women in Oceania. Pre: consent.

PACS 675 Topics in Histories of Oceania (3)

Reading and research on major issues, topics, and themes in the history of Oceania. Repeatable three times. Pre: graduate standing or consent. (Cross-listed as HIST 675

PACS 690 Graduate Seminar: Change in the Pacific (3)

Interrelationship of change in selected Pacific Islands regions, institutions, and processes. Repeatable two times. Pre: consent.

PACS 695 Master’s Portfolio Project (V)

Independent study for students working on MA portfolio projects. A grade of satisfactory (S) is assigned when the project is satisfactorily completed. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing in PACS.

PACS 699 Directed Reading and Research (V)

Repeatable unlimited times.

PACS 700 Thesis Research (V)

Repeatable unlimited times.