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Pacific Cultures and Development


¿Qué aprenderé?

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.


Culture and Development

Culture and Health – Religion and the AIDS Epidemic

Culture and Violence – Sorcery and Witchcraft Related Violence

Culture and Land – Land Conflicts

Culture and Politics – The Culture of Money Politics

Working with Culture

Learning outcomes

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

Acquire a critical understanding of the concept of culture

Understand the importance of culture for development policy-making and programming

Critically analyse the way culture is addressed in policy

Conduct independent research that demonstrates scholarly and practitioner focused engagement with the subject matter developing ideas and analysis for both audience

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Opciones de estudio


Costos de estudio
Información no disponible

Por favor, consulte a la institución

Fecha de inicio

To be confirmed


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes internacionales

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

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


Acerca de The Australian National University

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  • N° 1 en Australia (QS World University Rankings 2023)
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  • N° 1 por graduados más empleables en Australia

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