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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. 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) knowledge2. 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 partnership3. 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 OutcomesAs 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 SkillsThis course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills:1. Academic Writing2. Cultural lens3. Applying the Treaty of Waitangi4. Environmental practical knowledge
Please note that the timetable has not been finalised.
Scheduled days and times will be confirmed, following review, on 5th November.
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 $928.00
International fee $4,599.00
* 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