An institute for critical education in the South Pacific

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Meʻelaufola (2008)


PAC. STUD. 125, 425 – Survey of the South Pacific

A comparative survey of the politics and sociology of the Anglophone-Pacific and enduring colonialism of the Francophone-Pacific. Within the Francophone sector, Kanak and Tahitian insurgency in New Caledonia and French Polynesia is measured against support for ongoing French sponsorship. Within the Anglophone sector, the authoritarian nationalism of Fiji is contrasted with both Samoan localism and Tonga’s transition towards national democracy.


E.L. 100 – English Composition

An initial language course combining oral, visual and written guidance enabling students to compose written essays. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar.

PAC. STUD. 120, 420 – History of Tonga

An account of the development of the Polynesian kingdom from Lapita settlement in the first millennium B.C. to its current transition towards parliamentary democracy. The course mediates the controversy regarding Tonga’s regional hegemony of the 14th and 15th centuries – i.e., empire or commercial coordinator? It next considers Tonga’s adaptation of selected European constructs, including fervent conversion to Wesleyan Christianity from the late 1820s. Special attention is paid to the nation-building of its first monarch, George Tupou I, including the abolition of serfdom in 1862 and introduction of constitutional government in 1875.

T.L. 100 – Conversational Tongan

Introduction to Tongan for English speakers, covering basic vocabulary and grammar, as well as pronunciation.


ENV.SCI. 130, 430 – Fundamentals of environmental science

A summary of key challenges to the integrity of the planet in the early 21st century, including air and water pollution, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, erosion, radioactivity, and global warming and concomitant rise of sea level and temperature. Special attention is paid to sustainable responses to these challenges including political strategies of prohibition, conservation, and taxation … and technical manoeuvres such as filtration, irrigation, agricultural hygiene, desalinisation, and production of alternative energy.


MEDIA 410 – Techniques of cinematography

A hands-on guide to visual storytelling, covering camera formats, lenses, and filters, as well as audio and lighting deployment. Students will attempt a short film demonstrating accessible narrative, dramatic exposition, strategic edition, and directorial vision.

MUS 100 — Introduction to music

Introduction to the fundamentals of music, focusing on identifying tones and pitches (as well as their rhythm and duration) bass and treble clefs, scales, intervals, key signatures, and harmonic analysis. Using these musical building blocks, students will develop practical skills in keyboard, ear and sight training, voice leading, and harmony construction.