Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

HWST 107 - Hawai‘I: Center Of The Pacific

  • Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23

This course examines traditional Hawaiian and Pacifi c cultures and how outside western ideas and ideals have impacted upon island societies. Particular focus is on colonization and modernization and the confl icts they impose upon native Hawaiian and other Pacifi c peoples.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of HWST 107, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and explain basic knowledge of Pacific geography, including Hawaiian place names and land divisions.
  • Explain the past histories of Hawai’i and Oceania, genealogical origins, migrations and traditional cultures.
  • Demonstrate how important it is to mâlama (care for) the (land) because of the relationship the people of Hawai’i and Oceania have always had with the environment.
  • Pronounce and spell Hawaiian words correctly, as well as have a basic understanding of the cultural and political significance of indigenous languages in the Pacific.
  • Describe the nave religions and spirituality of Hawaii and larger Pacific.
  • Practice, examine, and explain some of the native mea no’eau (crafts or fine arts) of Hawaii and the Pacific.
  • Recognize and describe the impacts of colonization on traditional Hawaiian society and the continued effects on contemporary Hawaii.
  • Develop and explain your own critical perspectives and analyses of contemporary social, political, and economic issues in Hawai’i and the Pacific, with a particular focus on Hawaiian initiatives for sovereignty and self-determination.

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