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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Amber McLeod (Berwick); Dr John Pardy (Clayton); Dr Timothy Fish (Peninsula)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores different knowledge traditions to develop student's understanding of the importance and relationships between context and knowledge across discipline streams. It critically considers the different paradigms of knowledge to explore differences or similarities between the physical sciences and humanities or social sciences perspectives. Students identify, compare, contrast and discuss different disciplinary approaches to knowledge and become familiar with the relationships between knowledge and context.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a grasp of the relationship between knowledge and context
  2. demonstrate some familiarity with a variety of knowledge traditions
  3. demonstrate independent research skills
  4. construct a bibliography and correctly use citations
  5. write well-structured essays
  6. prepare for and deliver an oral report.


Written task (1600 words, 40%)
Tutorial presentation and paper (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • one 2-hour lecture per week
  • one 90-minute tutorial per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)