An institute for critical education in the South Pacific

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Inducted fellows with Dr Helu and Hon PM Sevele (2009)


E.L. 315 – Sāmoan Literature

A thematic and stylistic analysis of Alfred Wendt’s depiction of expatriate life and romance, Sons for the Return Home. In its interpretation of Wendt’s debut novel, the course will wrestle with the conflict between traditional Polynesian values and those of pākehā New Zealand.

PHIL. 350 – Ethics

A systematic study of valid social behaviour comprising meta-ethics (i.e., ethical theory), normative ethics (i.e., methods for determining moral action), and applied ethics (i.e., ethics appropriate for specific theatres or domains). The course will initially review the often opposing ethical thought of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Camus, before focusing on political, scientific, and media ethics.


CHEMISTRY 330 – Marine Chemistry

An introduction to the basic chemistry of the oceans. The course will review the main chemical elements found in the sea, how they interact, and how they are affected by environmental circumstances like pressure, temperature, acidity, the atmosphere, and biological processes such as photosynthesis.

MATH 325 – Marine Statistics

The quantification of marine phenomena, including variation of temperature, light, wind, wave movement, oxygen, and salinity. The course will next calculate the effect of environmental stress on selected examples of plant and animal life. Special attention will be paid to the measurement of specific deleterious agents, such as carbon dioxide and excessive warmth, as well as radioactive and industrial pollution.


SOC 300 – Foundations of Social Thought

The course surveys the evolution of sociological theory from its origin in the mid-19th century to the present. It initially examines the origin of systematic theory in the wake of the French Revolution (i.e., the "social physics" of Auguste Comte) and then proceeds to analyse the key contributions of Émile Durkheim, Marcel Maas, and (the young) Karl Marx in France, as well as Max Weber and Georg Simmel in Germany.


MEDIA 410 – Cinematography Practicum

Under professional supervision, students will attempt a short film demonstrating accessible narrative, dramatic exposition, strategic edition, and directorial vision. The work will then be evaluated from an aesthetic viewpoint by a multidisciplinary faculty committee.