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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

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

Unit content

Topic 1: Indigenous knowledge and process in relationship to the environment: a different worldview
Topic 2: The impacts of British invasion and settlement on Indigenous Australian natural resource use and management
Topic 3: Biodiversity and cultural diversity: the recognition of culture and cultural heritage within current biodiversity conservation initiatives
Topic 4:  Indigenous environmental and natural resource management; and intellectual property rights in international and domestic law
Topic 5: Indigenous responses to Australian Government and State Government approaches to natural resource management

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify the relationships between Indigenous peoples, land and environment
2 discuss and evaluate Indigenous knowledge systems including biocultural diversity and sustainable resource management
3 analyse and assess the impact and effectiveness of international declarations, Federal and State/Territory laws on Indigenous participation in natural and cultural resource management

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the relationships between Indigenous peoples, land and environment
  2. discuss and evaluate Indigenous knowledge systems including biocultural diversity and sustainable resource management
  3. analyse and assess the impact and effectiveness of international declarations, Federal and State/Territory laws on Indigenous participation in natural and cultural resource management

Prescribed texts

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