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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.
Understanding indigenous knowledge1. Relationship between science and knowledge from western, Māoriand indigenous perspectives2. Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)3. Creation traditions, mythologies and genealogy4. Traditional technologies and science5. Local knowledge and practices6. Traditional environmental (or ecological) knowledgeRelated graduate attributes: GP1, GP2 (K1-7), GP4, GP5Resource management and partnership - Kaitiakitanga1. Mahinga Kai - resources/food gathering areas2. Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Resource ManagementAct3. Marine Management Tools - Taiāpure, Mātaitai and Rāhui4. Co-management5. Mana whenua partnershipRelated graduate attributes: GP1, GP2 (K1-7), GP4, GP5Multidisciplinary - Interactions between Māori and Indigenouscommunities and science1. Earth Science2. Indigenous peoples, land and heritage sites3. Freshwater issues4. The Moa: what was the cause of its demise?5. Tātai Ārorangi: Astronomy6. Bioethics and cultural issues7. Issues concerning Māori healthRelated graduate attributes: GP1, GP2, GP3(K1-7), GP4, GP5Transferable Skills | Pūkenga Ngaio1. Gain a basic understanding in Māori and indigenous people’s knowledge inastronomy, physics, conservation biology, resource management andhealth sciences.Related graduate attributes: GP1, GP2, GP3 (K1-7), GP52. Gain an understanding of protocols that exist between today’s scientificcommunities, Māori and other indigenous peoples.Related graduate attributes: GP1, GP2, GP3 (K1-7), GP4, GP53. Provide you with a unique perspective both in indigenous knowledge,western science and their overlap.Related graduate attributes: GP1, GP2, GP3 (K1-7), GP4, GP54. Provide graduates with an essential background in cultural awareness,increased cultural confidence and its relationship with today’s NewZealand scientific community.Related graduate attributes: GP1, GP2, GP3 (K1-7), GP4, GP5
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Field TripA three-day field trip to Kaikōura has been arranged for the course,leaving around lunchtime on Monday 6 September and returning Wednesday8 September. Accommodation will be at Takahanga Marae. Theprogramme will cover aspects of marine biology and kaitiakitanga of theenvironment.
Domestic fee $912.00
International fee $4,473.00
* 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