Studying in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education at the University of the South Pacific means joining a vibrant, academically rigorous community and the opportunity to develop and hone your research, analytical and critical thinking skills—no matter where your interests lie within the Arts, Law and Education. The faculty has a long and rich tradition of leading academic research and teaching, and we continue to provide a spectrum of course and degree options for undergraduate and postgraduate students. With 19 academic certificates and diplomas, 3 single and 5 combined bachelors degrees, 16 majors to choose from, and 13 postgraduate programs from Graduate Certificate to Doctor of Philosophy spanning traditional and emerging disciplines, as well as the countless array of research opportunities we offer the most comprehensive range of programs in the South Pacific. Graduates of the faculty follow a vocational pathway into teaching, legal, journalism, library, policing or social work careers, or enter the workforce with a generic set of highly regarded transferable skills. A FALE degree provides a superb foundation for life-long learning.
The faculty comprises these five units:
1. School of Education (SOE)
SOE monitors its early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary teacher education programs to meet the current and emerging educational and developmental goals of the Pacific Islands. It has developed its Bachelor of Education in the following four streams: Early Childhood, Special and Inclusive Education, Primary and Secondary Education. The latter is taken in three phases: certificate, diploma, and degree. SOE offers programs in the following disciplines: Library/Information Studies, Non-Formal Education, Educational Evaluation, Educational Leadership and Change and Tertiary Teaching. Moreover, the existing certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programs at pre-service and in-service levels are continuously rationalised and developed to ensure that they incorporate Pacific values, ethics, knowledge systems and indigenous pedagogy. It takes into account best and 'smart' practices developed regionally and globally.
2. School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM)
SLAM's vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching, research, publication, consultancy, artistic creation, public performance and community service in those areas associated with its various disciplines, focused on, but not limited to, the Pacific region. In line with this expansive vision, the School seeks breadth and diversity in the design of its programs. Arranged for administrative and academic purposes into four divisions-Literature, Language & Linguistics, Journalism and English for Academic Purposes-the School offers a variety of Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate level programs in Journalism, Vernacular Languages (Fijian and Hindi), Literature, and Linguistics. Minors are also available in French, Mandarin and Creative Writing. The School offers a challenging selection of courses for its Postgraduate courses in Literature and Linguistics, and an interesting spread of staff expertise for the supervision of MA and PhD research.
3. School of Law (SOL)
SOL provides a rich and rewarding experience in legal education. The programs offered by the School of Law focuses on the legal systems of the South Pacific region, particularly those of USP's 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Often, this requires an understanding of the laws of the region's former imperial powers such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France. This focus on the laws of the South Pacific region gives the courses offered by USP's School of Law a very distinctive flavour.
4. School of Social Sciences (SOSS)
SOSS is a thriving centre for teaching and research in the fields of: History, Pacific Policing, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Gender Studies. The school is known for thoroughness of our teaching and care for students. We have a reputation for research of national and international excellence and the products of these researches are continually fed into our courses. Many publications and articles by staff have international reputations. The staff also supervise MA and PhD candidates in their specialist areas. This means that you will be taught by academic staff who are actively researching and publishing in areas you will study. All of our degree schemes offer a thorough training in the basic principles of social science, a wide choice of specialised subjects, training in the practice of social research and preparation for a wide variety of career opportunities.
5. Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS)
OCACPS is a leading creative centre for the region, with a growing international reputation. Numerous artists from across the region have contributed to the development of contemporary Oceanic art and artists from OCACPS have toured internationally presenting their unique forms of Visual Arts, Dance and Music to the world. The Oceania Dance Theatre, Newsounds Studio, Newsounds Oceania band, Niu Waves Writers Collective and the Red Wave Collective all have found a home at the centre. OCACPS offers formal academic teaching and research program in Pacific Studies.