Politics of the Pacific

POL30014 12.5 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


50 Credit Points at Level 2

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