n South African Journal of Higher Education - Legal aspects of African indigenous knowledge systems : curriculum design in higher education : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



African indigenous knowledge has considerable value in a modern global economy once commercial benefits arise from the utilisation of indigenous knowledge, but its value also extends beyond economic considerations. As it is linked to the ways of life of various peoples, it supports and maintains identity formation. An important way in which to incorporate indigenous knowledge into mainstream society is to integrate indigenous knowledge into the formal education system at all levels. The main function of institutions of higher education remains knowledge production, accreditation, legitimation and dissemination. Like any other curriculum, a law curriculum must produce new knowledge and smart skills. Law graduates may be expected not only to translate the main policy thrusts of items such as intellectual property and African indigenous knowledge systems (AIKSs) into law in the cultural sector; they may also be called upon to develop, implement or enforce policy. Therefore, whether and how law curricula regard AIKSs is of great importance to undergraduate and postgraduate learners alike.

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