Studying the Pacific

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific offers the only Bachelor of Pacific Studies degree in Australia. This three-year program affords students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the Pacific Islands by pursuing a diverse program of study. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Pacific Studies program are required to complete a total of 48 units from the following courses, where each course is worth 6 units (students pursuing other undergraduate degrees may enroll in the courses listed below subject to approval):

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Pacific Studies must complete the following core courses:

  • PASI1011: Navigating Pacific Studies Online Course
  • PASI1012: Pacific Worlds: critical inquiry in Oceania
  • PASI2001: Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World
  • PASI2002: Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

And a selection of at least four other courses that may (subject to approval) include:

  • ARCH2005: The Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
  • ARCH3019: Topics in Pacific Archaeology
  • ARCH3022: Long-term Biodiversity and Climate Change in Asia-Pacific
  • ASIA2301: Prehistoric Origins: Archaeology of Asia and the Pacific
  • ASIA3006: Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific
  • ASIA3050: From Angkor Wat to Rapa Nui: UNESCO World Heritage in SE Asia & the Pacific
  • FREN2022: French Literature and The Pacific
  • FREN2026: New Caledonia: Field Work and Research
  • HIST2231: Exploration: Columbus to the Moon
  • PASI2003: Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific
  • PASI2004: On the Beach: film and history in the Pacific
  • PASI2005: Pacific Politics: From Independence to Intervention
  • PASI2006: War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific
  • PASI2020: An introduction to Languages of the Pacific
  • PASI3001: The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development)
  • PASI3005: Pacific Islands Field School
  • PASI3006: Navigating the Pacific: Mapping the study and research resources
  • PASI3002: Oceanic Encounters: Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific
  • PASI3003: Spirit Islands: Indigenous and Introduced Religions in the Pacific
  • PASI3012: Readings in Indigenous Studies
  • POLS2055: Pacific Politics
  • STST2003: Security in the South Pacific: Is it Australia’s ‘Arc of Instability’?

The ANU also offers a major in Pacific Languages for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies or a Bachelor of Asian Studies.

The ANU also offers a major in Pacific Languages for undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies or a Bachelor of Asian Studies. For information about Pacific Studies at a Masters and PhD level, please contact the Convenors of the Pacific Institute.

Updated:  4 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, Pacific Institute/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team