Contested Knowledges

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Charles Darwin University (RTO 0373)
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About this unit

This online unit from OUA and Charles Darwin University explores the nature of knowledge production on a historical and social level, and examines how our Western knowledge traditions were shaped. In the process, students will analyse and compare a varied mix of knowledge systems, while focusing on wider issues of knowledge validation, the application of knowledge, and power.

Over the course of the Contested Knowledges program, students will gain a thorough understanding of the contingent nature of knowledge production, and will learn the vital need for negation between various knowledge systems (such as local and global) when it comes to managing natural resources.

The course, which is completed over 13 weeks, is marked based on a bibliography, two papers, and an essay, and also involves creating content for the unit's website.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply; there are no prerequisites for this unit.

Areas of study

In this Contested Knowledges unit, the topics you will study include:

Course pathways

  • 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
  • This unit is an elective in the following course:
  • Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As an elective unit of the Bachelor of Communication course offered by Griffith University, the online Contested Knowledges program will add to your understanding of knowledge systems in a way that will be greatly beneficial to your degree and future career. By studying the nature of knowledge and how it is produced within historical and social contexts, and its connection with power, you'll come away from this unit with the ability to critically analyse and question the validity of Western knowledge traditions. With such alternative ways of understanding knowledge at your disposal, you will be able to negotiate between differing knowledge systems, which is vital when dealing with the management of natural resources. As such, this unit offers great experience for anyone looking at a career that deals with these issues. This module would also be invaluable for anyone looking at a career in academia, which in essence is a career in the pursuit of knowledge. As such, an analysis and critique of our modes of knowledge is vital for questioning research and coming up with new ideas and concepts.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Contested Knowledges from Charles Darwin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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