No dates are currently scheduled.

Description 

This micro-credential will consider the challenges and opportunities to extend conceptualisations of ‘legitimate leadership’ in the Pacific. Across most sectors, women are significantly under-represented in positions of formal leadership in the Pacific, including in politics, the public service, and business. Research points to a range of socio-economic and structural barriers to women’s leadership, including limited access to financial resources and education, and pervasive underlying social norms that place value in men and masculine forms of leadership. The micro-credential will examine a range of policy and programmatic interventions that have been designed over the last decade to improve women’s leadership in the Pacific.

Topics 

  1. What is legitimate leadership in Pacific context: gendered norms, practices and exclusions
  2. Pathways and motivations for women’s leadership: resistance, power and backlash
  3. Collective and individual leadership: identifying legitimate leadership strategies
  4. Intersectionality and leadership
  5. Trauma informed leadership
  6. Development programs to support women’s increased leadership in the Pacific

Learning outcomes 

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of existing challenges to women’s leadership in the Pacific
  2. Identify and critically analyse different approaches and pathways to leadership
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the academic and policy debates around gender equality and leadership in the Pacific context and more broadly
  4. Critically analyse strategies that aim to support women’s increased, legitimate leadership

Indicative assessment

Policy Brief: 40%; Links to LO: 1, 3 and 4

Leadership Pitch: 10%: Links to LO: 1, 2 and 3

Response to Policy Interventions: 40%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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

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.

Details 

  • Course Code: DPA17

  • 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. 

No dates are currently scheduled.

Description 

This micro-credential will address the importance of understanding the many ways that culture influences development. Culture is often seen to be an impediment to development, especially to central elements of development policy such as human rights and gender equality. Culture is also often used to justify violence or discrimination and is considered a major contributing factor in violence against women. As a result, cultural practices are sometimes given the negative label of “harmful traditional practices.” However, while violence and discrimination are serious problems, the importance of culture in development is a wider issue, for successful development requires policy makers and practitioners to work with culture.
Given the significance of culture in the development process, it is important to understand just what we mean by culture. The micro-credential will draw on contemporary anthropological writings to examine and analyse the significance of culture and the multiple ways that culture influences development in the Pacific.
The micro-credential will draw on case studies which show how cultural beliefs shape the specific ways that Pacific Islanders understand and explain such things as:
  • The AIDS epidemic
  • Illness and death
  • Sorcery and witchcraft accusations and related violence;
  • The relationship between culture and land and conflicts over land,
  • The ways that culture and exchange plays out in elections through money politics
Finally, these case studies will demonstrate why a thorough understanding of culture is necessary for the development interventions which are appropriate and acceptable to the people they are applied to.

Topics 

  1. Culture and Development
  2. Culture and Health – Religion and the AIDS Epidemic
  3. Culture and Violence – Sorcery and Witchcraft Related Violence
  4. Culture and Land – Land Conflicts
  5. Culture and Politics – The Culture of Money Politics
  6. Working with Culture

Learning outcomes 

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

  1. Acquire a critical understanding of the concept of culture
  2. Understand the importance of culture for development policy-making and programming
  3. Critically analyse the way culture is addressed in policy
  4. Conduct independent research that demonstrates scholarly and practitioner focused engagement with the subject matter developing ideas and analysis for both audience

Indicative assessment

Policy Review 20%; Links to LO: 3 and 4

Policy Brief 30%%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Policy Intervention Design Project 50%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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.

Details 

  • Course Code: DPA18

  • 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. 

No dates are currently scheduled.

Description 

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.

Topics 

  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.

Details 

  • 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.