Te Putaiao Maori/ Maori Science

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Putaiao Maori/ Maori Science

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 100-level MAOR points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Maori have always been scientists and this science enabled them to adapt to, survive and thrive in the landscape of Aotearoa. This course examines how, by looking at matauranga and putaiao Maori (Maori knowledge and science) in both traditional and contemporary contexts. It examines the differences and similarities between Western and Maori ways of knowing. Workshops and field trips on topics such as hangarau (technology) and rongoa (medicine) allow students to engage with matauranga and putaiao in practical ways.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1 recall and discuss examples of scientific methodology used by M?ori in their traditional knowledge
    2 differentiate between M?ori and ?Western? philosophies, values and practices related to science
    3 understand how different knowledge systems and worldviews influence the management of the natural world, and be able to evaluate the influence of the Western scientific worldview on policies, procedures and legislation and their impact on M?ori resource management
    4 recall and describe recent case studies of M?ori people engaged in and with science, and from this be able to critically examine which strategies best support M?ori leadership in science
    5 understand and describe M?ori views and key M?ori concepts on environmental management, and be able to apply these concepts to the identifying of M?ori positions on contentious issues in science, such as xenotransplantation
    6 learn skills in surveying and digital mapping with Google Earth in order to understand how a ?Western? technology can interface with m?tauranga M?ori in the practical context of mapping sites of significance to M?ori, and
    7 write critically to address a range of M?ori issues arising from discourse at the ?interface? of science and m?tauranga M?ori.

    Weekly assignments- 40%
    Field Trip assignment- 5%
    Cultural Atlas exercise- 20%
    In-class test- 15%
    Essay- 20%

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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