Pacific Studies

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Students at the ANU looking to develop their understanding of the Pacific, can study under the guidance of the world’s leading experts through a range of courses delivered by the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA).

Situated within the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, DPA is the foremost multidisciplinary research centre on issues of the Pacific, hosting the largest collection of Pacific expertise in the world. DPA’s strengths lie in its concentration of expertise and knowledge, the applied and long-term nature of its research, in its extensive engagement with policy communities in the region, in its demonstrated commitment to research training and research capacity building, and its position within a leading international university.

As a student, you will have access to cutting edge research that reflects the contemporary reality of the region.

The Learning Experience

DPA is committed to encouraging and developing a new generation of researchers working on the Pacific. Our teaching is of the highest quality and we use innovative teaching methods, challenging students to ‘think outside the box’ and to look at things from different and critical perspectives. A multidisciplinary unit, DPA has staff with backgrounds in political science, anthropology, geography, law, development studies and gender-studies.

Some of the courses that the DPA offers are as follows:

ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

ANTH8043 Conflict and Development in the Pacific

ANTH 8106 Gender, Nature and Development

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

PASI6006 War in the Islands: the Second World War in the Pacific

PASI8004 Pacific Health Challenges and Strategies: Politics, Culture and Development

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