HSA100 – Introduction to Samoan History and Society

Semester: 1
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This course provides a broad multidisciplinary understanding of the history of Samoa; its geography, population, economy, language, arts and cultural heritage. Students will gain knowledge and appreciation of Samoa’s past and present situation including an awareness of current issues and trends. In the first half of the semester students will examine the main features of Samoa’s past history from the first Polynesian settlers to early contacts with foreigners inclusive of missionaries, colonial powers and the subsequent struggle to reclaim independence. In the second half of the semester students will learn about Samoa’s geography, a range of major modern trends and issues such as climate change, migration, language change and the arts, the economy, cultural heritage and preservation which impact on contemporary Samoan society.

Contact hours: 3
Assessment: 60% Tests and Course Work, 40% Exam