The Global Pacific: Power and Politics in Oceanic Worlds

Adam Harr
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as ANTH 148 and fulfills the SS general education requirement.

From the islands of Hawai'i to the highlands of New Guinea, this course will survey the diverse ways in which people in Pacific societies have interpreted and responded to forces of modernization and globalization. Students will learn about the ancient migrations that peopled the Pacific; the variety of traditional political and economic systems that emerged across the Pacific; the range of power relations that arose during the colonial era; the varied processes of decolonization and nation building; and the extraordinary challenges climate change and rising sea levels pose for contemporary Pacific island nations. By viewing the Pacific islands as a vast and varied laboratory of modernization and globalization, we will make clear three key points: first, that the Pacific is a region of astounding diversity; second, that parts of the Pacific have been “global” for centuries; and third, that modernization and globalization are always and everywhere subject to local interpretations.