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HSMW513 – Constructions of Knowledge

Module code
Module title
Constructions of Knowledge
To introduce perspectives of knowledge and philosophical approaches that inform midwifery practice, maternity care and research, to explore predetermined beliefs and biases and the taken for granted assumptions of the social and practice world.
  • HL0901
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of Maaori world views and Tikanga Maaori across general contexts.
2. Discuss values and beliefs within a variety of philosophical and cultural paradigms.
3. Discuss the social construction of childbirth, midwifery and professionalism.
4. Employ multiple sources of knowledge and evidence-based practice.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
• Philosophical approaches informing midwifery practice, maternity care and research
• Sociology and women’s studies
• Self-awareness of own socio-cultural journey and attitudes
• History of midwifery, childbirth and breastfeeding
• Te Ao Maaori – Maaori world views, beliefs systems and values
• Tikanga Maaori, an introduction to customs and protocols
• Introduction to research, knowing and evidence-based practice
• Use of reflection in midwifery practice
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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