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Unit description

Introduces the concept of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and how it is founded upon layers and patterns of connection to Country and environment. IK includes deep relations among people and with landscape through ancestral connections that are understood from a position that acknowledges the intelligence and agency of connection. Major theories in this area will be presented.

Unit content

Topic 1: Origins of Indigenous Knowledge

  • The Aboriginal Divine (Stanner)
  • Embedded Knowledge (Reed)

Topic 2: Emergence of Indigenous Knowledge

  • International Academic Movement
  • Local contextual relevance

Topic 3: Indigenous Knowledge Principles

  • Shared Themes
  • Differentiation

Topic 4: Relational Ontology

  • Patterns and Connection
  • Deeper Relations

Topic 5: Living Knowledge

  • Elders principles
  • Engagement

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours/week (12 weeks)

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