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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the history, politics and socio-cultural context of French Polynesia. It allows participants to explore the colonial past of French Polynesia, to analyse the notion of ‘common destiny' and debate these notions for the various peoples of Polynesia. Students travel to Tahiti for two weeks for an intensive cultural and language experience and research. While in-country, students will attend various lectures by experts from the University of French Polynesia and engage with the local community.

This unit is offered with the support of the Australian government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding initiative and as such the associated costs for travel related expenses are partly covered.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodTahitiFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
  • Substitute unit for any one Level 2 units (6 points) for the French Studies major

Students are able to (1) demonstrate intermediate to advanced levels of language proficiency in written and spoken French

; (2) develop independent learning skills, research skills and interpersonal skills

; (3) engage with the local community and show an awareness of intercultural communication and experience

; and (4) analyse the socio-cultural context of French Polynesia.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessments; (2) short assignments; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Sabine Kuuse
Unit rules
one of FREN1402, FREN1404, FREN1406 or equivalent as assessed by the Convenor of French Studies, and approval of the course coordinator
FREN3300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia (ID 7188)
and FREN4300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia (ID 7199)
Approved quota: 15—upon academic merit
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Overseas field trip (estimated cost - $3000-$3500 ($3000 reimbursed from NCP Funding))
(2) Entrance fees to museums and monuments (estimated cost - @$300).
Contact hours
This intensive study tour in Tahiti will include pre-departure meetings and post-departure debriefing sessions, and will involve in excess of 50 hours of face-to-face instruction in addition to a rich cultural and social experience.
The bulk of the teaching will take place intensively in Tahiti in June 2023 (Travel dates TBC). There will also be 3 pre-departure sessions and 1 debriefing session.

NCP funding available for students who meet the required eligibility criteria.

For further information please contact - [email protected]
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