OSHR 1189 - The Mélange of Melanesia

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The Pacific Ocean accounts for one-third of the earth’s surface. The South Pacific (Oceania), between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, contains three major island groupings both geographically and ethnically: Micronesia (small, wide-spread islands), Polynesia (many, mixed and varied islands), Melanesia (black islands . . . referring to both islands’ size and color, and islanders’ ethnicity).

This course, part of Osher’s world-wide geographic series, will focus on Melanesia (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caldedonia, Solomons, Trobriands, and New Guinea). Discussions will center on history, societies, politics, economics, and world relationships.

Readings: Montogomery, Charles. The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific, Univ. of Chicago Press.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.