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SCI 160A: Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship (3 credits)

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and seamanship by blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. An interdisciplinary approach is used in treating topics in Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archaeology of Polynesia and Hawaiʻi. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic geography of Polynesia.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts in positional astronomy (including the seasons) and identify of two of the four recognized star lines used for navigation.
  • Explain the basic principals in wayfinding (non-instrument navigation).

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