Te Taunaha Whenua/Mapping Whenua

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Taunaha Whenua/Mapping Whenua

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 100-level MAOR pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This is a practical course which leads students to understand how mapping in Aotearoa New Zealand has impacted on Maori relationships with their lands. Field and workshop exercises in locating Maori heritage sites, surveying other sites of traditional and contemporary relevance and mapping these, enable students to produce maps of their own, exploring how as Maori we can put ?our presence in our places?. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1 understand and discuss Indigenous peoples? (particularly M?ori) and ?Western? (particularly P?keh?) conceptions of land and whenua, and how these impact upon representations of land, place and space
    2 understand the relationship between historic mapping and cultural mapping by being able to recall and discuss, for instance, key movements in the imperial mapping tradition, traditional Pacific and M?ori wayfinding and mapping, and/or New Zealand?s cartographic history
    3 understand the advantages and limitations of different types of map projections (physical, oblique, logarithmic, non-linear and cartogram) and coordinate systems (World Geodetic System 1984, New Zealand Transverse Mercator) and know when to apply these for different types of
    spatial information
    4 use a Garmin E-Trex GPS device to locate and mark waypoints in the field
    5 create maps from surveyed data using either Google Maps, Google Earth and Quantum GIS
    6 describe and analyse specific cases where Google Earth and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used to manage M?ori resources, and
    7 apply the above to produce a ?cultural map? that is critically aware of the history and power of the map in telling a specific story.

    10 weekly workshop activities- 50%
    field trip research mapping project- 20%
    Presentation- 5%
    Research mapping project 2- 25%

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