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Scientific Argumentation
Introduction
Scholarly pursuits have been described as standing on the shoulders of giants'. Critical to the process is being able Io find, understand, appropriately use and acknowledge the work conducted by those giants' Over centuries scholars have verified reliability of the work of each other prior Io pubfccabon, m a process caied ‘peer-review' Consequently, a growing body of reliable evidence allows us to develop our own ideas and provide our own contributions in our chosen fields
Our assessment task is desgruxl Io start you on the track of mastering the art of evidence based scientific wntmg. This takes tune to develop and ts something that we continue to work on throughout our professional careers Your Portfolio Tasks for this unit are scaffolded so that the final Argument assessment is as high quality as possible Please use this experience, and your feedback from . to grow your writing skills m future units
Task Description
Research and wnte an argumentative essay that examines engagement between Western scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems, by demonstrating how Indigenous knowledge precedes, contributes to. collaborates with, or complements STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering or Maths) to address a Global Challenge
fvMien one of the global challenges below and focus your argument on a case study from a specific geographical region
global Challenges
Food security; nutrition: sustainable agnculture: biodiversity. species extinction, conservation: climate impacts, waler management: drought; land management, manne protection I resources: natural hazards wildfires, new medxanes mental health; public health sustainable development: suppoctng remote communities; sustanabie technologies. STEM education I communication
a) Construct a piece of evidence-based academic wnting (a scientific argument) that fully supports a thesis statement,
b) within a word limit of 1000 • 1500 words (excluding references),
c) using relevant evidence, with appropriate paraphrasing, to support and refute your argument.
d) using a minimum of 10 references, that are correctly referenced (in-text and end-of-text; APA 60*, justify the use of each reference with a short comment under each reference).
e) Self-evaluate your work using the marking rubric provided.

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