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This micro-credential will consider what it means to be ‘feminist’ in contemporary Pacific society, and the goals of indigenous Pacific feminist action and advocacy. Through a series of guest lectures, the credential will showcase the stories of various self-identified Pacific feminists, revealing their triumphs and challenges in articulating a vision of change in their own contexts. Enrollees will also engage with a range of Pacific media – print and digital – to consider key issues pertinent to feminist struggles in the region, and strategies adopted by feminists to address these. Finally, the micro-credential will interrogate the occurrence of ‘feminist backlash’ in the Pacific, and consider its roots and consequences.


  1. What is Pacific feminism and who can be a Pacific feminist?
  2. Feminism and Pacific cultures: inherent tensions or opportunities for respect?
  3. The foreignness of feminism: do foreign ideas and actors do more harm than good?
  4. Effective Pacific feminist strategies: from solidarity to coalitions to movements
  5. Feminist backlash: who drives anti-feminist sentiment in the Pacific and how?
  6. Feminism as critical reflection: achievements and continuing challenges

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Independently identify, describe and relate critically to global and Pacific understandings of and divisions within feminist theory
  2. Use appropriate language, terminology and concepts for discussing gender and feminist thought in Pacific contexts
  3. Orally and in writing, present an independent analysis related to contemporary feminist concerns in the Pacific, including through standpoint and inter-sectional analysis
  4. Contribute qualified analytical comments in seminars and chair a seminar discussion
  5. Critically assess Pacific feminist strategies to achieve gender equality in terms of both Pacific and global normative frameworks
  6. Design an original Pacific-appropriate feminist campaign to eradicate a chosen indicator of gender inequality

Indicative assessment

Participation in class discussion: 10%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5

Discussion leader 10%; Links to LO: 1 2, 3 and 4

Reflective piece 30%; Links to LO: 2, 3 and 5

Feminist campaign 50%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA16

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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