Spring 2017 Courses

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PACS 108 Pacific Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies (3 credits)
Introduces students to the geography, societies, histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and arts of Oceania, including Hawai`i. Combines lecture and discussion that emphasize Pacific Islander perspectives and experiences. This course meets the general education DS diversification requirement and the HAP focus requirement.

CRN: 74083 Section: 001 Instructor: L. Bautista
Days: MWF Time: 0930-1020a Room: TP 103

CRN: 86087 Section: 002 Instructor: M. Nepia
Days: TR Time: 1030-1145a Room: TP1 103

CRN: 86284 Section: 003 Instructor: A. Mawyer
Days: TR Time: 1200-0115p Room: MOORE 119

CRN: 89558 Section: 004 Instructor: S. Chailloux
Days: MWF Time: 0730-0820a Room: TP1 103
formation, contact the instructor at maryh@hawaii.edu.

An ONLINE section is also being offered in
the Spring 2017 Extension term
CRN: 3360 Section: 231 Instructor: M. Hattori
Dates: January 23 to May 12, 2017
Click here for the class availability page for the course. For more information, contact the instructor at maryh@hawaii.edu.

PACS 201 Islands of Globalization (3 credits)
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.

CRN: 84871 Section: 001 Instructor: T. Kabutaulaka
Days: TR Time: 0130-0245p Room: TP1 103

PACS 302 Contemporary Issues in Oceania (3 credits)
Combined lecture/discussion. Examination of critical political, social, and economic issues in the Pacific Islands region today. Pre: 108 or 201 or 202, or consent.

CRN: 84300 Section: 001 Instructor: T. Wesley-Smith
Days: TR Time: 0900-1015a Room: KUY 308

PACS 303 Pac Arts, Ritual & Performance (3 credits)
Combines lecture/seminar sessions, practical and written exams. Investigates the arts and creative practice in Pacific Island cultural contexts. Pre: 108, 201, 202, or instructor consent.

CRN: 86813 Section: 001 Instructor: M. Nepia
Days: TR Time: 1200-0115p Room: TP1 103

PACS 401 Senior Capstone Restriction: Major (3 credits)
Capstone for Pacific Islands Studies students to engage in intensive collaborative research with a Pacific Islander community in Hawai`i, culminating in a research paper and public presentation. PACS majors only. A-F only. Pre: 108 and 201 and 202, and either 301 or 302.

CRN: 87135 Section: 001 Instructor: L. Bautista
Days: W Time: 0230-0500p Room: TP1 103

PACS 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1 credits)
Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: Master's Plan B or C candidate or consent.

CRN: 81542 Section: 001 Instructor: T. Wesley-Smith
Days: TBA Time: TBA Room: TBA

PACS 603 Researching Oceania (3 credits)
Graduate seminar. Literacy, theory and method in the creation of a Master's research project. Pre: 601 and 602.

CRN: 82388 Section: 001 Instructor: A. Mawyer
Days: R Time: 0230-0500p Room: MOORE 224

PACS 690 Grad Sem:Change in the Pacific
(Natural Resources & Development in Oceania) (3 credits)

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

CRN: 87755 Section: 001 Instructor: T. Kabutaulaka
Days: W Time: 0230-0500p Room: MOORE 227

PACS 695 Master's Portfolio Project
Restriction: Major (1-9 credits)

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

CRN: 82893 Section: 001 Instructor: T. Wesley-Smith
Days: TBA Time: TBA Room: TBA

CRN: 87383 Section: 002 Instructor: A. Mawyer
Days: TBA Time: TBA Room: TBA

If you are unable to register or have questions about course pre-requisites, contact the instructor.

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course catalog

The UH Mānoa catalog lists the following Pacific Islands studies courses. Not all of these courses are taught every semester.

PACS 108 Pacific Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies (3 credits)
Introduces students to the geography, societies, histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and arts of Oceania, including Hawai`i. Combines lecture and discussion that emphasize Pacific Islander perspectives and experiences.

PACS 201 Islands of Globalization (3 credits)
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.

PACS 202 Pacific Movement and Migration (3 credits)
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.

PACS 302 Contemporary Issues in Oceania (3 credits)
Combined lecture/discussion. Examination of critical political, social, and economic issues in the Pacific Islands region today. Pre: 108 or 201 or 202, or consent.

PACS 303 Thinking through Pacific Island Arts, Ritual and Performance.
Combines lecture/seminar sessions, practical and written exams. Investigates the arts and creative practice in Pacific Island cultural contexts. Pre: 108, 201, 202, or instructor consent.

PACS 371 Literature of the Pacific (3 credits)
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: two ENG DL courses; second may be taken concurrently; or consent. (Cross-listed as ENG 371)

PACS 399 Directed Research (Variable credits)
Repeatable three times.

PACS 462 Drama and Theatre of Oceania (3 credits)
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 492 Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (3 credits)
Repeatable two times. Pre: 491.

PACS 494 Culture and Consumption in Oceania (3 credits)
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 495 Encountering Tourism in Asian-Pacific Societies (3 credits)
A critical examination of a wide spectrum of issues relating to the evolution and current impact of tourism on contemporary Asian and Pacific Islands societies. Topics include colonial antecedents, social impacts, cultural and environmental concerns, case studies (including Hawai'i). Pre: ASAN 201 or ASAN 202, or consent. (Cross-listed as ASAN 495)

PACS 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1 credit)
Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: Master's Plan B or C candidate or consent.

PACS 601 Learning Oceania (3 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits)
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 credits)
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 690 Graduate Seminar: Change in the Pacific (3 credits)
Interrelationship of change in selected Pacific Islands regions, institutions, and processes. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

PACS 695 Master's Portfolio Project (Variable credits)
Independent study for student's working on MA portfolio projects. A grade of satisfactory (S) is assigned when the project is satisfactorily completed. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing in PACS.

PACS 699 Directed Reading and Research (Variable credits)

PACS 700 Thesis Research (Variable credits)


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