Subjects offered

Explore the subjects taught by Va'aomanū Pasifika.

About Pacific Studies

Pacific Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field that opens up myriad opportunities for your intellectual development and career planning.  Through Pacific Studies you will be exposed to the ideas and work of the region's foremost thinkers, political leaders, activists, and artists.  Pacific Studies offers critical perspectives on the region's imperial and colonial legacies.

The Pacific Islands are an important part of the New Zealand's economic and political sphere of influence.  While facing significant social challenges.  Pacific communities in New Zealand are also generating a cultural vibrancy in the nation.  There is a wealth of cultural, social and political diversity in the Pacific region that is still not yet fully appreciated or understood - at the same time, the field of Pacific Studies is so small that even as a student you can make original contributions to the scholarship.

Pacific Studies is also building its social sciences research and teaching capacity. Here students examine current issues of concern to Pacific communities (in New Zealand and abroad) and in turn critique the emerging people-based strategies aimed at ensuring Pacific participation in policy and programme decisionmaking forums. Central is the influence of changing times (including technology) on the Pacific family-based communal systems.

About Samoan Studies/Fa'asamoa

The study of Samoan language and culture at Victoria has opened up opportunities to study and learn about the heritage and world of Samoans. The Samoan undergraduate programme offers two study streams – the Samoan Language Stream and Society and Culture.

The language stream is taught in the Samoan language with an emphasis on communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing in the Samoan language) and, Samoan language construction.

The teaching programme incorporates up-to-date techniques in language teaching and learning and draws on the invaluable language teaching support provided by the Victoria language labs and the staff of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS)