Pacific Studies - Level 3 (Semester 1)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr T. Petersen-Banuve

NB: You must select an even number of Semester Courses.

This course will focus on Pacific culture and arts. Students will undertake written assessment in terms of researching aspects of pacific indigenous culture, and present these to the class. (Unit standards detailed below)

Students may select Semester 1 (PAC3A), Semester 2 (PAC3B), or both

The unit standards below represent a full year, with the students taking one semester being able to pick between either US 17164 OR US 17170 & US 26540

Course Overview

Term 1
This term sees the boys exploring a range of different Pacific island cultures. This is done so that they can gauge which ones they best identify with and want to explore further. During Term 1, students will look to explore modern issues such as climate change, corruption and sustainability throughout the Pacific.

Term 2
This term sees students focus in on a particular aspect of culture such as music, dance, art, food and traditions. This will allow students to see the evolution of these aspects over time. This gives students the opportunity to bring forth their own opinions on culture.

Term 3
This term, students will look deep into their own cultural heritage and showcase this through presentation. This allows students to trace their roots through story and research. This tracking of family allows the students to make connections to each other and to also learn about different cultures within the school.

Term 4
In Term 4, there are opportunities for students explore Pacific film, music and art in the modern time. This will also be with the inclusion of Pasifika in social media circles. There will also be Pacific people from the community brought in to speak of their experiences of being a Pasifika person in different jobs.


Open entry

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 17164 v5 Draw a conclusion after investigating a hypothesis on an aspect of Pacific indigenous knowledge with consultation
U.S. 17170 v4 Draw a conclusion after investigating a hypothesis on an aspect of Pacific society with consultation
U.S. 26540 v5 Communicate comprehensive understanding of an aspect of Pacific culture through a planned presentation with consultation
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.


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