THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC
Fall Semester 1999
Dr. Robert C. Kiste
University of Hawai‘i
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
1890 East-West Road, Moore 215
Honolulu, HI 96822
PART I: INTRODUCTION, OVERVIEW,
DECOLONIZATION, & SPHERES OF INFLUENCE
Tue Aug 24: Introduction & Overview
Thu Aug 26: Overview continued; Papua New Guinea video (Wong #3529)
Kiste, "Precolonial times," chapter 1,Tides of History.
F. Thomas, "The Precontact Period," chapter 10; The Pacific Islands: Environment & Society.
A. Pawley, "Language," chapter 15, The Pacific Islands: Environment & Society.
Tue Aug 31: Aftermath of World War II & Processes of Decolonization;
Kiribati video (Wong #3543)
Thu Sept 2: Aftermath of World War II & Processes of Decolonization;
W. Samoa video (Wong #3528)
Chappell, "The Post-Contact Period," chapter 11;
Wesley-Smith, "Changing Patterns of Power," chapter 12,
(Both inThe Pacific Islands: Environment & Society.)
Tue Sept 7: The United States in the Pacific
Thu Sept 9: The United States in the Pacific (Map quiz)
Tue Sept 14: The United States in the Pacific
Thu Sept 16: The United States in the Pacific
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas video (Wong #2191)
Kiste, "United States," chapter 10, Tides of History.
Tue Sept 21: The French Pacific
Thu Sept 23: The French Pacific
Finney, "Nuclear Hostages," chapter 2, From Sea to Space.
1st book review due: Albert Wendt’sSons for the Return Home.
Tue Sept 28: The Commonwealth Pacific
Fiji video (Wong #3542) & Changes in Tuvalu video (Wong #10462)
Thu Sept 30 To be determined
Tue Oct 5: The Commonwealth Pacific
Thu Oct 7: The Commonwealth Pacific
Tue Oct 12: The Commonwealth Pacific
Thu Oct 14: Study Day
Macdonald, "Britain," chapter 8, and Wesley-Smith, "Australia & New Zealand," chapter 9, (both inTides of History)
Tue Oct 19: Mid-term exam due
Thu Oct 21: Conference option
PART II: ISSUES & PROBLEMS OF THE
Tue Oct 26: Population Dynamics, Health, & Urbanization
Thu Oct 28: Population Dynamics, Health, & Urbanization
Rallu & Ahlburg, "Demography," chapter 21;
Rapaport, "Mobility," chapter 22;
Pollock & Finau, "Health," chapter 23;
Doumenge, "Urbanization," chapter 26;
Connell & Lea, "Urban Dilemmas," chapter 27.
(All in The Pacific Islands: Economy & Environment:)
2nd book review due: Cathy Small’s Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs
Tue Nov 2: Shaping Minds: Missionization, Religion, & Education
Thu Nov 4: (Same)
Barker, "Religion," chapter 19;
Mather, "Education, chapter 24;
Ogden & Layton,"Communications," chapter 33;
The Pacific Islands: Economy & Environment.
Tue Nov 9: Sustainable Futures? Economic Development & Overseas Development Assistance
Thu Nov 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday
Tue Nov 16: Sustainable Futures? Economic Development & Overseas Development Assistance
Cockerton, "Women," chapter 25;
Bertram, "Economy," chapter 28;
Clarke, et al; Agriculture & Forestry, chapter 29;
Adams, et al; "Ocean Resources, chapter 30;
Banks & McShane, "Mining," chapter 31;
Fagence, "Tourism," chapter 32;
(All inThe Pacific Islands: Environment & Society)
Thu Nov 18: Arts & Expressive Culture
Marsh, "Here Our Words," Chapter 14;
Waite, "Art," Chapter 20;
(Both inThe Pacific Islands: Environment & Society)
Hereniko, "Representation of Cultural Identities," Chapter 17, Tides of History.
Tue Nov 23: Arts & Expressive Culture - continued
Thu Nov 25: Thanksgiving Holiday
Reading: Epeli Hau’ofa’s Tales of the Tikongs.
Tue Nov 30: Arts & Expressive Culture: Pacific Arts Festival video
Thu Dec 2: Governance & Regionalism
Lawson, "Democracy in the South Pacific: Present Problems & Future Prospects,"
Hoadley, "Regional Organizations," South Pacific Foreign Affairs.
3rd book review due: Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors.
Tue Dec 7: The Pacific Islands in the 21st Century
Thu Dec 9: The Pacific Islands in the 21st Century
Reading: Lal, "The Passage Out," Chapter 18, Tides of History.
Dec 13-17: Final exam due December 17
Texts: Available at UH Bookstore.
The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society. Moshe Rapaport (editor), The Bess Press, 1999.
Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs, Cathy A. Small. Cornell University Press, 1997.
Sons for the Return Home, Albert Wendt. University of Hawaii Press, (first published in New Zealand 1973).
Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff. University of Hawaii Press, 1994 (first published in New Zealand 1990).
Tales of the Tikongs, Epeli Hau’ofa. University of Hawaii Press.
Supplemental: Several chapters of Tides of History will be distributed in class. The book is also available at UH Bookstore.
Tides of History: The Pacific Islands in the Twentieth Century. R. Howe, Robert C. Kiste, & Brij V. Lal, editors. University of Hawaii Press, 1994.
In addition to those listed in the course syllabus, occasional supplemental readings will be distributed in class.
Maps & Map Quiz
A set of 4 maps that portray various aspects of the
Pacific Islands is available at the office of the Center for Pacific Islands
Studies (Moore Hall 215) at a cost of $3.00.
A brief map quiz will be given at the beginning of class on Thursday, Sept 9. It is a qualifying exercise. A passing grade allows the student to submit the book reviews & examinations.
The mid-term & final are take home examinations that require essay responses. Questions will be distributed two weeks prior to the dates that examinations are due. The mid-term should be between 9 & 12 typed, double spaced pages in length. The appropriate length for the final examination is 12 to 16 pages.
Mid-term due date: Tue Oct 19 (Beginning of 9th week)
Final due date: Anytime during final exam week, Dec 13-17
Three book reviews are required. Each should be 5 or 6 typed, doubled spaced pages & include six items: 1) an indication of the author’s background; 2) the author’s intent or purpose of his/her book; 3) a capsule summary of the contents; 4) an evaluation as to whether or not the author achieved his/her purpose; 5) an indication of the book’s significance for understanding the contemporary Pacific; 6) an indication as to whether or not the book should be assigned for the next offering of PacS 491.
Review of Sons for the Return Home
Due date: Thu Sept 23 (end of week 5)
Review of Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs.
Due date: Thu Oct 28 (end of week 10)
Review of Once Were Warriors.
Due date: Thu Dec 2 (end of week 15)
Grades on book reviews = 30% of course grade.
Mid-term exam = 30% of course grade.
Final exam = 30% of course grade.
Class participation = 10% of course grade.
The due dates for the examinations & book reviews are indicated above. Late examinations & book reviews will be penalized one grade. Only the most extenuating circumstances allow a grade of Incomplete for the course.
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