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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Contingency of knowledge
    • Understanding ontology and epistemology
    • Context of western scientific knowledge
    • The crisis of modernity
    • Relationship between knowledge and power
    • Alternative understandings of knowledge
    • Different knowledges speaking to each other
    • The post-modern condition
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. understand the contingent nature of knowledge production
  2. analyse and provide some critique of the concept of contingent knowledge systems
  3. describe and analyse the history of the western scientific tradition and the events that have been quintessential in the shaping of the current, dominant knowledge system in (north) Australia
  4. analyse and discuss the relationship between an understanding of the contingent nature of knowledge production and the contemporary management of natural and cultural resources
  5. articulate the importance of the negotiation of knowledge systems in the management of natural and cultural resources
  6. identify and describe both the utility and the problems inherent in the universalising and totalising nature of the western scientific tradition
  7. contribute to the shaping of the text for Contested Knowledges subject.
  • Assignment 1 - Bibliography and glossary cont (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Website creation/essay (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Initial response paper (10%)
  • Assignment 4 - Short response contributions (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Contested Knowledges is primarily concerned with issues of knowledge production and their relations to the management of resources in northern Australia. The aim of the subject is to introduce you to issues of knowledge and the philosophies relating to its production, and to investigate the impact these ideas may have on the way we approach the management of resources, particularly in different cultural contexts. The subject emphasises the way in which knowledge is contingent upon our social and cultural histories and how an awareness of this may affect the ways in which people operate to develop, manage and maintain resources in contexts where different cultural and historical contexts are involved.