Course syllabus



SEMESTER 1, 2018

15 points

Course Convenor: Dr. Melenaite Taumoefolau,

Tutor: Vaha Tu'itaha

 Course delivery format:

Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online

 Summary of Course Description:              

 Studies Pacific genres of oral literature in English translation. Genres include oratory, poetry, tales of creation, folk tales and proverbs and sayings.

 Course outcomes:

  • Appreciate, understand, and enjoy specialist uses of language and other protocols in these genres
  • Have an understanding of how language represents and conveys indigenous and contemporary knowledge in creative ways.
  • Learn and use concepts or words and expressions in the study of oral literature or literature in general (e.g. metaphor, characters, theme, message, rhyme, etc. and many other words in our readings).

 Assessment Summary:


40%: 1 essay, 2000 words

40%: 2-hour exam (equivalent to 2000 words)

20%: Short tutorial exercises with a total of about 1000 words.



Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:           

The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.

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