MAORI304-21A (HAM)

Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts

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Paper Description

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This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in the Pacific, and also as a concept where Indigenous peoples can be prominent in influencing discourses. Over the course of the semester, students will explore Indigenous environmental ethics and approaches to sustainability in a range of local, regional and international sites, with the geographic focus of the paper primarily on Aotearoa, the Pacific region and North America.
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Paper Structure

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This is an A trimester paper. There are three contact hours per week consisting of one two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. You are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials.

Outside of lectures, I will be available for you to contact via email and Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous concepts of sustainability
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  • Critically discuss Indigenous relationships with the environment and approaches to sustainability
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  • Explain the views, actions and responses of an Indigenous community in relation to an environmental issue
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  • Create a policy document underpinned by Indigenous sustainability concepts
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Participation
10
2. Reading Review
19 Mar 2021
4:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Field trip reflection
16 Apr 2021
4:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Poster Presentation - An Indigenous environmental issue
13 May 2021
11:00 AM
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Essay: Sustainability policy document
4 Jun 2021
4:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Nelson, M., & Shilling, D. (Eds.). (2018). Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability (New Directions in Sustainability and Society). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Please note that the book required is available online through the library and does not need to be purchased.
  • Additional weekly readings and other resources will be made available through Moodle.
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Online Support

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Moodle:

This paper is supported by Moodle. Moodle is the eLearning platform of this university that is used to foster student interaction related to learning. This paper can be accessed by visiting https://elearn.waikato.ac.nz

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Workload

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3 hours of contact time per week (2 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial)

9.5 hours of research/readings/revision/reflection & assignment preparation/completion per week

150 hours across the 12 weeks

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Linkages to Other Papers

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MAOR304 is a paper within the Māori and Indigenous Studies, and Pacific and Indigenous Studies majors.
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