PAIS516 Paradise Lost? Governance in the Pacific

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions INRE216 or INRE316 or INRE416 or PAIS316 or PAIS416 or POLS216 or POLS316 or POLS402

offered in odd numbered years

Combined Units PAIS316 - Paradise Lost? Governance in the Pacific
Coordinator(s) Karin Von Strokirch (
Unit Description

This unit addresses topical themes in Pacific Islands politics. It explores the interaction between traditional culture and democratisation. Factors contributing to weak states, coups and ethnic conflict in the Melanesian arc of instability are analysed. Case studies include Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and West Papua. The nature and scope of regional cooperation on security and sustainable development are assessed. Australia's role in the region is a focus of enquiry with regard to leadership, aid and intervention.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 2200
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 10% 300
Assessment Notes

300-word online discussion post

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,2,4

Compulsory Assessment 3 50% 2500
Assessment Notes

Take Home Examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge of: key themes in international relations such as decolonisation, democratisation, politics of ethnicity and regionalism; regional trends and strategies in relation to politics, security, development and environment; the prevalence of weak states, political instability and conflict in Melanesia; and Australia's efforts to promote good governance, stability and development in the region;
  2. critically assess and apply principal conceptual approaches in the field of Pacific studies;
  3. present a coherent and sustained scholarly argument demonstrating an advanced knowledge of research methods and principles; and
  4. rigorously evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources.