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EGS 180 - Histories and Cultures of Oceania

5 Credits
This course examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Pacific Islanders or peoples from Oceania mainly in the U.S and their relationship to the broader diaspora. Topics include but are not limited to the meaning and significance of Oceania and Oceanic identity, the impact of colonialization on religion and education, and struggles for sovereignty and social justice. We will use various sources of knowledge, including oral histories, poetry, music, and other scholarly work to understand these topics. 


Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve All students
Active Date 20200401T13:21:17

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline

  • What is Oceania? Who are Oceanic peoples?
  • U.S. Annexation and Colonization of the Pacific
  • Early Struggles for Sovereignty and Social Justice
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Immigration and Diaspora
  • Intergenerational Relationships
  • Labor and Health
  • Community Organizing and Political Advocacy in the 21st Century

Student Learning Outcomes
Compare and synthesize the historical and contemporary experiences of people from Oceania.

Identify and explain ways in which Oceanic peoples respond to and resist colonization and oppression.

Understand and articulate how Oceanic perspectives contribute to the study of race, gender, ethnicity, and indigeneity.

Apply the frameworks learned in the course to analyze issues that Oceanic people navigate using visual art, writing, or public speaking

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