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It Must Be True: Knowledge, Culture and Creativity (11109.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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Humans tend to assume that what we know is 'true' simply because of the fact that we 'know' it. In this unit, we will interrogate the notions of truth, knowledge and knowing, and explore the idea of cultural relativity by challenging our own beliefs. We will look at the various means and strategies through which knowledge is generated, and will examine the ways that knowledge is transmitted, re-enforced or challenged. Recognising that 'knowledge' and 'truth' are ideas more often contested than not, we will engage with this idea creatively by developing and exploring fictional and historical worlds that establish their own truths - and lies.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain key research methodologies and ideas relevant to the creative and cultural fields;

2. Interrogate and interpret a range of knowledge systems relevant to their chosen field of creative or cultural practice;

3. Research global and cultural contexts in a chosen field of practice using valid methodologies; and

4. Explain indigenous perspectives on knowledge (subject to consultation).

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