Te Pumoto o te Tangata Whenua, o te Taiao/Indigenous Knowledge and Science

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Pumoto o te Tangata Whenua, o te Taiao/Indigenous Knowledge and Science

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 MAOR 200-level pts, or MAOR 124;

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    What can Maori learn from other Indigenous peoples? In this course, students explore how Indigenous knowledge and ?Western? science work against, with or independent of each other and look at examples of how science contributes to Indigenous development. This international approach fosters cross-cultural communication skills, sharing of theory and practice, and comparative analysis of the situations of Indigenous peoples in global contexts.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1 recall and understand ways that M?ori, Alaska Native and Native American knowledge is constructed (or deconstructed / reconstructed) to understand and appreciate cross-cultural boundary work
    2 understand and give examples of the philosophical ideologies (assumptions, values) that shape ?science? as constituted in the ?West? compared to ?science? constructed by Indigenous peoples
    3 understand and describe how processes of knowing, ?being and doing? shape (especially) M?ori, Alaska Native, Native American and Western knowledge systems, and appreciate the challenges and consequences of considering whose knowledge is ?valid? in the practical context of cultural mapping
    4 learn, communicate and apply appropriate strategies and critical frameworks to a range of issues at the interface between (especially) M?ori, Alaska Native and Native American and Western knowledges, and
    5 analyse and deconstruct given case studies, particularly M?ori, Alaska Native and Native American, according to critical frameworks and theories introduced in the course.

    Fortnightly Assignments- 25%
    Cultural atlas project- 10%
    UAF-VUW 'hangouts' and forum exchange- 30%
    Reading Presentation- 10%
    Research project- 25%

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