Survey of Pacific Islands History
History 288, Spring, 1998
"If you know where
you've been, you know where you are."
"Our dead are woven
into our souls like the hypnotic music of bone flutes. . .
History 288 is a survey introduction to Pacific Islands history. The course fulfills a humanities requirement (group three) for all A.A. degrees at KCC, and B.A. degrees at UHM. History 288 also provides a solid background for degree work in Pacific Islands history, or Liberal Studies-Pacific Islands Studies. Any student pursuing a career in the Pacific region should find this course very useful.
We have two main goals this semester. The first is to achieve some proficiency in the rich and complex history of the peoples who inhabit the 10,000 islands of the world's largest ocean. The second aim is a fuller understanding of our own roles in Pacific Islands history as it continues to unfold. In pursuit of these goals we will study most of the main currents in the region's past: the wide variety of native cultural development, culture contact with outsiders, the impact of Western ideas such as Christianity and capitalism and imposed institutions such as colonialism. Other topics include the world wars, decolonization since 1960, and current issues. These subjects occupy most of the semester.
In an effort to bring some coherence to such disparate topics we will try to understand each one from the points of view of all the participants. For most of us, Pacific Islands history is most easily approached from the outside, rather than from the perspective of an Native islander, and since few islanders are "native" to more than one island society, even they are to some extent outsiders in other regions. Thus we will make a special effort to see each circumstance through the eyes of all the people involved. It is hoped that this consistent methodology will help us understand our own place in the Pacific and provide cohesion to the semester's activities.
Completion of English 100, and completion of History 151 or 152. I cannot stress too strongly the necessity of college-level reading and writing skills and study habits for successful completion of this course.
REQUIRED READINGS (available at campus bookstore)
I. C. Campbell, A History of the Pacific Islands.
Te'o I.J. Fairbairn et al, The Pacific Islands: Politics, Economics, and International Relations.
Packet of course materials. Handouts (included in the packet or will be provided in class).
Recommended but not required are KCC's own pamphlets, "Reading for College Courses" and "Writing for College Courses."
In addition, you are expected to participate in Pacific Islands history by attending films, lectures, tours, etc., by reading newspapers and newsmagazines, and by talking and writing about them.
KEEP UP WITH ASSIGNMENTS. Exams will hold you responsible for all readings, and in-class activities assume that you have done the reading listed for that day. Plan ahead, because you might be cramped during the last four weeks when we will read the Fairbairn book and write a paper on a work of fiction. Although there is a fair amount of reading this semester, it is only a tiny sample of the fascinating work available to us.
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING
Guides and/or in-class reviews for all assignments will be provided well before the due date.
Grades will be assigned according to points accumulated on the following percentage scale:
450-500 = 90% = A
Students who expect to get a good grade should:
- Study eight to ten hours per week;
Kapi'olani Community College promotes COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION. Course competencies are reprinted from the college catalogue in the packet of daily outlines available at the bookstore.
Students are RESPONSIBLE for all lecture material, announcements, and handouts for each class period. This is a lecture-discussion course and you will be hurting yourself if you miss. If you must miss class or are late, find out about the material you missed from a friend. Most announcements and assignments are made at the beginning of the class period and will not be repeated for latecomers or absentees.
EARLY WORK: I urge you to see me with your ideas, notes, drafts or completed assignments as you work on them. This is true for all assignments, and is especially important if something is giving you trouble. Bring works-in-progress to office hours; ask questions at any time. Better to get help early!
GROUP STUDY: Most assignments in this class can be done individually or in groups. I urge you to pool resources by discussing ideas and problems with friends and colleagues. Ultimately you must do your own thinking, learning and writing, but discussion often helps. The tutors and I will be happy to act as liaison to help form study groups.
LATE WORK: Papers are due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS on the due date. Late examinations and papers will be penalized two letter grades unless excused by a doctor's notice. Late work will not be accepted more than two weeks after the due date or the last regular class day of the semester, whichever comes first; late article reviews will not be accepted after the next review's due date. Late exams may follow different formats and cover slightly different material. This policy will be enforced throughout the semester.
Students caught CHEATING will receive a grade of zero for that assignment and the incident will be reported to the Dean of Students. Cheating includes plagiarism, trying to pass off another's work as your own. Instructor's judgment is sufficient to determine whether cheating has taken place.
If the instructor is late you must wait 15 minutes before leaving for the beach, but on exam days you must wait for the entire period.
(Subject to Change)
PART ONE: SETTLEMENT AND
PART TWO: ISLANDERS AND
PART THREE: ISSUES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY PACIFIC HISTORY
Return last exams and course
I. The value of college courses about the
II. Course procedures, requirements, and grading: a plan for dialogues.
III. The problems of "knowing" human history in the Pacific Islands. See next handout.
Become familiar with Campbell's and Fairbairn's books. Survey preliminary and supplementary sections, and assess each book's orientation. USE Fairbairn's "APPENDIX I" AS A RESOURCE THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER.
Liberal studies SHAPS, CPIS, KAPE*
Questions to think about:
Have you benefited from Kapi'olani's
international programs already? How?
Pacific Islands Geography:
Physical and Cultural.
I. On the importance of geography.
II. Generalizations about the physical
geography in the Pacific Islands.
III. Generalizations about culture and
Skim Fairbairn's "Appendix I"
Questions to Think About:
Explain the phrase "history is
geography in motion."
Assignment Guide: Article Review - 20 Points
You are required to write four article reviews this semester. You may turn in five if you choose (seven due dates are listed in the course schedule) and only the four highest marks will figure in your course grade.
An analytical review must be in essay form and draw conclusions about the author's main point and how well he or she made it. You should always indicate whether you agree with the author and why. In doing so, you should consider Campbell 's interpretation of the same topic, if his text includes one. Consider the evidence each author chose, whether the evidence i8 relevant, and whether the author drew valid conclusions from that evidence. Judge other issues, too, such as what the author might have to gain from his/her interpretations, and what you might have to gain or lose if the article's arguments are widely accepted. Most of these points should be addressed in each review.
Questions specific to each article and/or a short explanation of each article will be provided in class before you read it.
Bring in rough drafts, outlines, or ideas
for consultation. If you are not sure how to get started, come
see me, and ask questions about it in class. IT IS BEST TO GET
HELP EARLY; don't wait until the night before.
READING QUESTIONS FOR ARTICLES
GENERAL GUIDE FOR ALL ARTICLES: When reading, keep in mind the author's main point and form your own conclusions about how well he or she made it. Consider the evidence the author chose, whether the evidence is relevant, whether important evidence was neglected, and whether the author drew the best possible conclusions from the evidence. Consider other questions, such as what the author might have to gain from his/her interpretations, and what you might have to gain or lose if the article's arguments are widely accepted.
Epeli Hau'ofa. "Our Sea of Islands."
What is Hau'ofa's main point? What does he
want us to believe?
Ben Finney. "Voyaging."
What theory of settlement does he subscribe
W. H. Pearson, "The Myth of Tahiti"
What is Pearson's main source of evidence?
Does he omit important sources?
Greg Dening, "The Death of Cook."
What is Dening's main source of evidence?
Does he omit or slight important sources?
[Subject: History; Pacific/Comparative]
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