Ngai Tahu and the Natural World

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ngai Tahu and the Natural World

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level BTNY, ECOL, ENVI, GEOG, MAOR or ZOOL points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An in-depth study of traditional Ng?i Tahu society and culture, with particular emphasis on their interaction with the environment and traditional forms of environmental management.
    This paper provides both a broad and an in-depth study of Ng?i Tahu, the Manawhenua in this region, with respect to their traditional interaction with the environment. This paper will also provide an analysis of the extent to which the past has influenced contemporary attitudes regarding Ng?i Tahu's interaction with its environment.

    Learning Outcomes:
    -Students, on completion of this paper, will be able to:
    -Identify the natural resources that determined the traditional lifestyle of Ng?i Tahu
    -Demonstrate how natural resources were managed from district to district, including habitat management and population management, all with a view to optimising future harvests
    -Understand the philosophical concepts underpinning the traditional Ng?i Tahu management of resources
    -Decode simple metaphors and understand the complexities of contrasting worldviews (within Ng?i Tahu and between cultures)

    Course Structure:
    Internal Assessment 50%
    Examination 50%

    Textbooks: Sources provided on the course outline

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