Knowledge, Power and Society
SCS 100 (Offering: 2003)


Does the knowledge generated by the social sciences have a privileged status? Can knowledge be objective, and how can the plurality of contemporary knowledge claims be evaluated? This course explores the historical, philosophical and cultural foundations of knowledge in order to answer questions such as these. Students examine the basis of individual beliefs, values and perception and the ways the media and knowledge industry frame social experience. The analysis of various and conflicting claims to knowledge such as those arising from western science, Indigenous knowledge, and knowledge arising from concerns about the environment, development and globalisation familiarise students with the premises upon which approaches to knowledge and research are based, and the political dimension of knowledge claims.

Major(s)/Minors(s): Social & Community Studies

Usual Semester of offer: Semester 1

Other Information

Area(s) of Study: Social and Community Studies

Number of Units: 12

Antirequisite: (HSS101)  




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