Unit description

This unit explores Indigenous philosophies, knowledges, systems and processes as they apply to country, land and the environment to posit Indigenous Worldviews as legitimate bodies of knowledge alongside western paradigms.

Unit content

All unit activities are supported by an interactive intranet site with which all students are required to engage throughout the study period. The unit covers the following topics:

  • Indigenous knowledge and process in relationship to the environment: a different worldview
  • The impacts of British invasion and settlement on Indigenous Australian natural resource use and management
  • Biodiversity and cultural diversity: the recognition of culture and cultural heritage within current biodiversity conservation initiatives
  • Indigenous environmental and natural resource management and intellectual property rights in international and domestic law
  • Indigenous responses to Australian Government and State Government approaches to natural resource management
  • Case studies – Indigenous initiatives regarding environmental and natural resource management – including a one week intensive residential component

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 3

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

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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