Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies

MAOR-317 – Special Topic: Indigenous Knowledge[s] and Science in Global Contexts

Points:20Prerequisites:20 points in a MAOR 200-level course, or MAOR 124, or approval from Course Coordinator
Faculty:Humanities & Soc ScCorequisites:None
School:Te Kawa a MauiRestrictions:None

This course explores the interactions, historic and present, between Western science and Indigenous Knowledge, with a focus on matauranga Maori. By exploring recent initiatives to bridge the philosophical gap between Western science and Indigenous Knowledge, we will explore how these knowledge systems might work alongside each other. 100% internal assessment.

Tuition Fees

2014: domestic $818.00     international $3,650.00

Set Text

Te Kawa a Māui. MAOR 317 Student Notes. Wellington: Victoria University. Available from vicbooks.

Recommended Reading

Battiste, Marie and Henderson, Sakej Youngblood, 2000. Protecting indigenous knowledge and heritage: a global challenge. Saskatoon: Purich Pub.

Cajete, Gregory, 2000. Native Science. Natural Laws of Interdependence.Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishing.

Dei, George J. Sefa, 2011. Indigenous Philosophy and Critical Education: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang Publishers Inc.

Deloria, Vine, 1997. Red Earth White Lies. Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact. Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing.

Denzin, Norman, Yvonna Lincoln and Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2008). The Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies. Los Angeles: Sage.

Kawagley, Angayuqaq Oscar, 2006 (2nd ed.). A Yupiaq Worldview: a pathway to ecology and spirit. Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press.

Ladyman, James, 2002. Understanding Philosophy of Science. London: Routledge.

McLean, Robert and Tricia Smith, 2001. The Crown and Flora and Fauna: Legislation, Policies and Practices 1983-98. Waitangi Tribunal Research Series Wai 262 (1997). Wellington: Waitangi Tribunal.

Nakata, Martin, 2007. Disciplining the savages: savaging the disciplines. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Peat, F. David, 2002. Blackfoot physics : a journey into the Native American universe. Grand Rapids, MI : Phanes Press.

Riley, Murdoch, 1994. Māori Healing and Herbal. New Zealand Ethnobotanical Sourcebook. Paraparaumu: Viking Sevenseas N.Z. Ltd. 

Whitt, Laurelyn, 2009. Science, colonialism, and indigenous peoples: the cultural politics of law and knowledge. Cambridge, N.Y: Cambridge University Press.

Williams, David, 2001. Matauranga Maori and Taonga. Waitangi Tribunal Research Series Wai 262 (1997). Wellington: Waitangi Tribunal.

Williams, P. M. E. 1996. Te Rongoa Maori. Maori Medicine. Auckland: Reed.

Te Kawa a Māui. Te Ara Poutama. Wellington: Victoria University. A hardcopy of this guide is available from the School Office free of charge.

Trimester 1 2014

* indicates instructor is the course coordinator.

CRNFrom/ToDaysTimeBuilding [Campus]RoomInstructor
14311 3 Mar – 20 Apr 2014Tue1310 - 1700Alan MacDiarmid Building [Kelburn]LT105Ocean Mercier
5 May – 8 Jun 2014Tue1310 - 1700Alan MacDiarmid Building [Kelburn]LT105

Course Outline Information

For FHSS and NZSM course outlines (current and previous years), please refer to the Course Outlines page on the FHSS website.