SCIM101-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Science, Maori and Indigenous Knowledge

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This is an integrated multi-disciplinary course between Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies and the College of Science. This course provides a basic understanding of Maori and indigenous peoples’ knowledge in such fields as astronomy, physics, conservation biology, aquaculture, resource management and health sciences. The course provides unique perspectives in indigenous knowledge, western science and their overlap. The course will provide an essential background in cultural awareness and its relationship with today’s New Zealand scientific community.

The course aims to examine Māori and indigenous knowledge from the perspective of their cultures, as well as their relationship and relevance to modern science.

We do this through a number of topics, including:
1. Understanding indigenous knowledge
• Relationship between science and knowledge from western, Māori and indigenous perspectives
• Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
• Creation traditions, mythologies and genealogy
• Traditional technologies and science
• Local knowledge and practices
• Traditional environmental (or ecological) knowledge

2. Resource management and partnership - Kaitiakitanga
• Mahinga Kai - resources/food gathering areas
• Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Resource Management Act
• Marine Management Tools - Taiāpure, Mātaitai and Rāhui
• Co-management
• Mana whenua partnership

3. Multidisciplinary - Interactions between Māori and Indigenous communities and science
• Earth Science
• Indigenous peoples, land and heritage sites
• Freshwater issues
• The Moa: what was the cause of its demise?
• Tātai Ārorangi: Astronomy
• Bioethics and cultural issues
• Issues concerning Māori health

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
As a Student in this Course, I will develop the ability:
1. Gain a basic understanding in Māori and indigenous people’s knowledge in astronomy,
      physics, conservation biology, resource management and health sciences.
2. Gain an understanding of protocols that exist between today’s scientific communities, Māori
      and other indigenous peoples.
3. Provide you with a unique perspective both in indigenous knowledge, western science and
       their overlap.
4. Provide graduates with an essential background in cultural awareness, increased cultural
       confidence and its relationship with today’s New Zealand scientific community.

Transferrable Skills
This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills:
1.   Academic Writing
2.    Cultural lens
3.   Applying the Treaty of Waitangi
4.   Environmental practical knowledge


Equivalent Courses

Timetable Note

Field Trip
A three-day field trip to Kaikōura has been arranged for the course,
leaving around lunchtime on Monday 31 August and returning Wednesday
2 September. Accommodation will be at Takahanga Marae. The
programme will cover aspects of marine biology and kaitiakitanga of the

Course Coordinator / Lecturers

John Pirker and Hamuera Kahi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final exam 40%
Test 17 Aug 2020 25% Test
Assignment 11 Sep 2020 10% Forum
Essay 09 Oct 2020 25%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $902.00

International fee $4,285.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

All SCIM101 Occurrences

  • SCIM101-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020