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DFS1612 - Knowledge and Context

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Stuart Levy


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will draw from the various disciplines in which the Diploma students are enrolled. It will explore different disciplinary approaches to knowledge to develop student's understanding of the importance and relationships between context and knowledge. It will critique different paradigms of knowledge to explore differences or similarities between scientific, humanities or social sciences perspectives. Students will identify, compare, contrast and discuss different disciplinary approaches to knowledge and be familiar with the relationships between knowledge and context.


After successfully completing this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a grasp of the relationship between knowledge and context.
  2. Demonstrate some familiarity with a variety of traditions about knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate independent research skills.
  4. Construct a bibliography and correctly use citation.
  5. Demonstrate ability to write well-structured essays.
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with word processing applications.
  7. Demonstrate an ability to prepare for and deliver an oral report.
  8. Demonstrate the development of sound examination techniques.


Oral presentation (750 words): 15%
Essay (750 words): 15%
Essay (1000 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial) per week