CERTIFICATE OF PHILOSOPHICAL COMPETENCY
Pasifika ‘Whole of Life’ Philosophies, Research, and Development
|SEMESTER/YEAR||15-28 July 2023|
|LOCATION/VENUE||Pacific Theological College, Suva, Fiji Islands|
|MODE OF DELIVERY||Face to Face (with lecturers, regional development partners, indigenous institutes and centers, village communities)|
|LENGTH OF COURSE||Two weeks Intensive (15-28 July 2023)|
|ELIGABILITY||MTh Students, PhD Candidates, Early Career PhD Holders and Researchers|
|COURSE FEE||FJD$3,600.00 (Tuition, Accommodation, Meals, Communities Engagements and Protocols)|
|REGISTRATION OPENS||Tuesday 11th April 2023|
|REGISTRATION CLOSES||Friday 9th June 2023|
|COURSE CO-ORDINATOR||Rev Professor Dr Upolu Luma Vaai,
Pacific Theological College, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji Islands.
Telephone +679 3311100, ext. 101.
There is a growing interest in understanding Pacific philosophies, knowledges, epistemologies and conducting research in the Pacific; an attention in reframing a new development story that is holistic, life affirming, and communities-oriented. Pasifika scholars have led the search for development models that are alternative yet grounded in the everyday life of communities. What is lacking in such important shift is the ability to create foundations of the new development story grounded in the philosophies and spiritualities of Pasifika communities. If a new transformative development story is to be realized, one cannot just change the narrative based on altering policies and frameworks. There is a need to develop ‘whole of life’ philosophical foundations that is able to navigate Pasifika multiple and multidimensional relationships fundamental to Pasifika wellbeing and development, premised on the relational values and spiritualities of the people.
This course is designed for Pasifika scholars from doctoral candidates to early career researchers embarking on research with Pasifika communities. The ‘whole of life’ model of learning unpacks the communities-based model of development, climate change and indigenous knowledge, reclaiming indigenous philosophies, and the leadership for justice vision. Informed by theology and ethics, indigenous epistemologies, indigenous philosophies, climate change and climate justice, alternative development paradigm, decolonization, transformational leadership, ecological wellbeing, ecumenism, development and regionalism – the ‘whole of life’ shape a new Pasifika consciousness that is resilient, holistic, and ground up. This should result in igniting a ‘new spirit’ of development for the region.
E lele le toloa ae maau ile vai – ‘the Toloa takes off but returns to the waters.’ This is a Samoan dictum that captures the toloa (goose) bird as a metaphor for a migratory quest of those seeking fresh waters to renew their political, economic, religious, familial, or knowledge endeavors. While the Toloa will normally fly away to encounter life, there is always a craving to return to the initial waters for recuperation.
In the metaphor, the Toloa represent the participants. The waters represent the different areas and focus of the course that will be explored and investigated. The methodology for the two weeks course is developed around the Toloa migratory cycle of return, search, dive, renew, and fly. This never-ending cycle represents the constant desire of the Toloa to probe, inquire, transition, and rejuvenate. They are critical analytical phases that are normally intertwined. They are also exploratory and reclaiming phases for Pasifika philosophies and their relevance to developing a new development consciousness.
The training is launched with the arrival of Toloa or participants from around the world, followed by a welcome ceremony. This initial phase sets the scene for the ‘return of the Toloa’ to re-establish connection with the different waters such as the waters of Pasifika philosophies. This is followed by a deep inquiry dive to unlock the Pasifika philosophical mind to begin the search into Pasifika philosophies with Pasifika philosophers and with different levels of local and regional communities. The renewal phase is where the Toloa gathers the skills to reconstruct a new development story based on the philosophies learned. The hope is that by the end of the training, the Toloa flies away with renewed development consciousness and a story of hope, leaving the space open for another possible return.
|Type of Assessment||Weight||Comments/Rationale||Learning Outcome|
|1. Pasifika philosophies and philosophical mindset||20%||The candidate is able to grasp and understand the Pasifika philosophical mindset and how it operates in the world of thinking and relationship and is able to draw the distinction between Pasifika philosophies and others that underpin certain policies and development models.||LO 1|
|2. Social analysis and contextual mapping||20%||The candidate is able to critically analyze the conventional development narrative, weaknesses and strengths, dynamics, issues, and potential risks, and in particular its underpinning philosophies, from a ‘whole of life’ philosophical perspective.||LO 2|
|3. Codification and translation||20%||The candidate is able to translate ‘whole of life’ philosophies and spiritualities to inform existing development policies or the creation of new ones||LO 3|
|4. Towards a new development consciousness||20%||The candidate is able to articulate and/or develop a new ‘whole of life’ transformative development consciousness through creating new policies and models or reviewing existing development policies.||LO 4|
|5. Orality and Communities Engagement||20%||The candidate is able to align and incorporate into their thinking and work the communities-based philosophies and approaches that can assist in policy development and ‘whole of life’ development consciousness. Orality, whether it’s through talanoa, organized discussion, or informal conversation, are all critical unlocking and understanding the Pasifika philosophical mindset.||LOs 1-4|
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Institution: University of Hawaii
Name: Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba
Institution: Fiji National University
Name: Dr Frances Koya-Vaka’uta
Name: Dr George Carter
Institution: Australian National University
Name: Rev Professor Upolu Luma Vaai
Institution: Pacific Theological College
Name: Aisake Casimira
Institution: Pacific Theological College
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