SCIM101-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Science, Maori and Indigenous Knowledge

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


This is an integrated multi-disciplinary course between Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies and the College of Science. This course provides a basic understanding of Maori and indigenous peoples’ knowledge in such fields as astronomy, physics, conservation biology, aquaculture, resource management and health sciences. The course provides unique perspectives in indigenous knowledge, western science and their overlap. The course will provide an essential background in cultural awareness and its relationship with today’s New Zealand scientific community.

The course aims to examine Māori and indigenous knowledge from the perspective of their cultures, as well as their relationship and relevance to modern science.

We do this through a number of topics, including:
1. Understanding indigenous knowledge
• Relationship between science and knowledge from western, Māori and indigenous perspectives
• Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
• Creation traditions, mythologies and genealogy
• Traditional technologies and science
• Local knowledge and practices
• Traditional environmental (or ecological) knowledge

2. Resource management and partnership - Kaitiakitanga
• Mahinga Kai - resources/food gathering areas
• Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Resource Management Act
• Marine Management Tools - Taiāpure, Mātaitai and Rāhui
• Co-management
• Mana whenua partnership

3. Multidisciplinary - Interactions between Māori and Indigenous communities and science
• Earth Science
• Indigenous peoples, land and heritage sites
• Freshwater issues
• The Moa: what was the cause of its demise?
• Tātai Ārorangi: Astronomy
• Bioethics and cultural issues
• Issues concerning Māori health

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
    As a Student in this Course, I will develop the ability:
    1. Gain a basic understanding in Māori and indigenous people’s knowledge in astronomy, physics, conservation biology, resource management and health sciences.
    2. Gain an understanding of protocols that exist between today’s scientific communities, Māori and other indigenous peoples.
    3. Provide you with a unique perspective both in indigenous knowledge, western science and their overlap.
    4. Provide graduates with an essential background in cultural awareness, increased cultural confidence and its relationship with today’s New Zealand scientific community.

    Transferrable Skills
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills:
  • Academic Writing
  • Cultural lens
  • Applying the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Environmental practical knowledge
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Biological Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 40%
Test 20 Aug 2018 25%
Forum 14 Sep 2018 10%
Essay 12 Oct 2018 25%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $3,821.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

All SCIM101 Occurrences

  • SCIM101-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018