A study of a special topic at an advanced level. This and all 300-level courses are small discussion classes. Descriptions of HIST 300 courses offered in a given semester are available on the History department Website or in the History department office prior to registration for that semester. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Current Semester InformationRobert Dewey
300A: Tps:Paradise Revisited
The notion of the Pacific Islands as "paradise" is a historic and pervasive fixture of stage, screen and tourist brochures. But when and how did the European construction of "paradise" and the representations that followed from it come about? More importantly, how have indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands represented or "re-presented" Oceania in light of that legacy? HIST 300A incorporates the history of the Pacific Islands including Aotearoa (New Zealand), with a thematic emphasis on representation from the late 18th century to the present. During the semester you will engage and evaluate historiographic and epistemological debates which have shaped the study of Oceania as well as primary and secondary sources drawn from history, literature, anthropology, art and film.