Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study - 2500 words (50%) , Essay - 1000 words (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop knowledge and understanding at an introductory level of theories and philosophy through the nature and content of Indigenous knowledge systems, a chronology of key historical moments in the acquisition of knowledge, the impact of colonialism on Indigenous knowledges, the future of Indigenous knowledges and the universalisation of key concepts in philosophy and theory.

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

  1. Understand the nature of knowledge, its foundations,scope and validity
  2. Explain the relationship between indigenous knowledges and other epistemologies or theories of knowledge
  3. Understand the history and development of different knowledge systems and historical movements which have positioned dominant paradigms
  4. Critically review the historical developments of the social sciences and its exclusion/inclusion of indigenous theory and philosophy.
  • Case Study — 2500 words (50%)
  • Essay — 1000 words (30%)
  • Quiz — 1000 words equivalent (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Macrohistory/macrosociology/transitions/historical periods
2The first great transition: the emergence of agriculture
3Classical civilisations
4The Renaissance: the emergence of the modern scientific consciousness
5Colonialism, science, capitalism, enlightenment thought
6The industrial revolution
7The social sciences
9Different knowledge systems

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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