Credit Points:       12
Status               :     Elective, Semester 1, 2011
Pre-requisites :     Nil  
Co-ordinator Dr Keith Moore, email, room KG, E-122.
Teaching staff:     Dr Sue Keays and Dr Maziar Falarti, both at KG, E-121 [all our offices are on level 1, E block], phone 31384519; email:;
Location, Time:   Lectures Wednesdays 4pm-6pm in KG N518 and tutorials 3-4pm in B202a.  

Pacific Island Courses at QUT: this unit replaces HHB242 Culture Contact in the Pacific; HHB243 The Pacific since 1945; and HHB248 The USA in the Asia-Pacific.


After the European ‘discovery’ of the Pacific and the founding of permanent European settlement on the western shores of the Pacific in 1788, a sustained, though tenuous, relationship linked the Australian colonies and later the Commonwealth of Australia to the adjacent islands of the Southwest Pacific (the term ‘South Pacific’ is used rather broadly in this unit).   Up to the 1830s the economic success of the Australasian colonies was so closely linked to the islands, that a historian describing the economic links of that era coined a phrase “Australia’s Pacific frontier”.   In the latter part of the nineteenth century, regional and sub-regional strategic, imperial and colonial schemes and policies were voiced and acted upon.   Australia’s South Sea Islander community of today is linked to this era through the descendants of   ‘Kanakas’ indentured in the sugar, pastoral and other tropical Australian industries.   The twentieth century relationship includes ideological, social, cultural and political concerns as well as aid, trade and commercial links.   Immigration directly and through New Zealand has also created a Pacific Islander community of recent migrants in Australia.   This unit is based on a critical study of the evolving relationship between Australia and the Pacific Islands and how...