Politics of the Pacific

POL20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours


At least 1 stage 1 Politics unit or approved equivalent.



Aims and objectives

The unit of study introduces students to the politics of neighbouring Pacific Island nations, with a special focus on Melanesia and the countries of the so-called “Arc of Responsibility” (Timor-Leste, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu), along with Fiji. Students will gain an understanding of key historical, political and institutional developments in the post-independence politics of Australia’s nearest neighbours. Political issues in the regions of West Papua, Bougainville and New Caledonia will also be examined.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

1.     Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in Political Science

2. Investigate and critically analyse the major events, issues and institutions in Pacific nations

3. Appreciate the history and contemporary agenda of nation and state building in post-independence Pacific nations

4. Debate the regional and international relations of the Pacific countries

5. Consider the key political and policy challenges in Pacific nations

6. Understand how to make a systematic comparison of political regimes

Courses with unit

From 2016 this unit will have the code POL300014
This unit replaces HAP233/HAP333 Comparative Asian Politics.