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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Macrohistory/macrosociology/transitions/historical periods
    • The first great transition: the emergence of agriculture
    • Classical civilisations
    • The Renaissance: the emergence of the modern scientific consciousness
    • Colonialism, science, capitalism, enlightenment thought
    • The industrial revolution
    • The social sciences
    • Resistance
    • Different knowledge systems
    • Decolonisation
    • Postcolonialism
    • Globalisation
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - 2500 words (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - 1000 words (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1000 words equivalent (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

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.

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