Calendar of Tutorials for SOCA3203 • Oceanic Societies • 1999

Tutorials are held in Morven Brown 212 on Mondays between 12pm and 3pm.

Week Date Tutorial Topics

1

1 March

Introduction to the subject and overview of Pacific Studies

2

8 March

Main principles for analysis in the subject

3

15

March

Cultural and historical characteristics of the Pacific Islands

Tutorial times and topics should be chosen today

4

22

March

Rapanui: A case study

5

29

March

Oceanic Topic: What are the main elements of contemporary Oceanic identity? Discuss with relation to both Hau‘ofa and Balme.

Mid-session Recess from 2 to 11 April

6

12

April

Micronesia: How have Pacific Islanders dealt with outsiders who have come to "discover" them?

7

19

April

Melanesia: What is a "Cargo Cult"? What forms do these organisations take? Discuss three principal characteristics.

8

26

April

Polynesia: How might body, identity and sociality intersect in Samoa and along the Sepik River?

9

3

May

Polynesia: Discuss the presentation of self in everyday (Tongan) life.

10

10

May

Micronesia: If all Pohnpeians are liars who is telling the truth? Discuss.

11

17

May

Micronesia/Polynesia: Suicide is an increasingly common feature of life in Polynesia, particularly Samoa; contemporary researchers have noted its presence in some parts of Micronesia as well. What does suicide mean as a "cultural form"?

12

24

May

General Topic: Tradition, kastom and other similar forms are not straight forward, but complex bargaining sessions and highly political as well as personal. Analyse some conflicts over culture in the Pacific

Final Date for Submission of Final Essay Proposal

13

31

May

General Topic: How is kava use and identity linked in Oceania?

14

7

June

Final Paper Due 11 June.

Video visits with Pacific Islanders


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