Contested Knowledges - 2016

Unit summary

ABR13

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Bibliography - Bibliography and glossary cont (20%) , Essay - Website creation/essay (50%) - Learn more

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Domestic 782.00
International 1,032.00

Gain an insight into the historical and social nature of knowledge production. A variety of knowledge systems are examined in juxtaposition and consideration is given to the hegemony of western knowledge traditions. You will focus on the issues of power, validation and the application of knowledge in resource management contexts. You will also explore the contingent nature of knowledge production, the history of western scientific tradition and the importance of negotiation between knowledge systems in the process of managing natural resources.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the contingent nature of knowledge production
  2. describe the history of western scientific tradition and the events which have been important in shaping this knowledge tradition
  3. identify and articulate the importance of negotiation between knowledge systems in the process of managing natural resources
  4. understand the value of local knowledge systems in the face of globalising and universalising cultural influences
  5. critique the western knowledge tradition as a way of producing knowledge
  6. contribute to the knowledge contained within the Contested Knowledges unit and help shape the website.
  • Bibliography — Bibliography and glossary cont (20%)
  • Essay — Website creation/essay (50%)
  • Paper 1 — Initial response paper (10%)
  • Paper 2 — Short response contributions (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Contingency of knowledge
2Understanding ontology and epistemology
3Context of western scientific knowledge
4The crisis of modernity
5Relationship between knowledge and power
6Alternative understandings of knowledge
7Different knowledges speaking to each other
8The post-modern condition

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

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