• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sean Kerins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of Indigenous relationships to lands, waters and cultural sites. It will provide students with an overview of holistic Indigenous perspectives about the natural environment, their knowledge systems and understandings of it, as well as the legal and policy frameworks of the settler society which frame Indigenous opportunities to actively engage in cultural and natural resource management. It will explore areas of contestation and collaboration between Indigenous natural resources users and other Australians through a series of case studies of land and water management, and will include an opportunity for fieldwork to visit a jointly-managed National Park and to understand more about cultural heritage sites and their protection within the natural environment through joint-management frameworks. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to consider how to engage successfully with Indigenous peoples in many land or natural resource management issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand Indigenous perspectives and knowledge systems in relation to land, waters, natural resources and cultural heritage, and explain how these may vary from western scientific perspectives, and what is required to bring both systems into play in land, sea and natural resource management.
  2. Describe the different elements of the Indigenous Estate, its legal underpinnings and the opportunities it provides Indigenous people to engage in land, sea and natural resource management.
  3. Analyse different approaches to engaging Indigenous people in land,sea and natural resource management, in terms of how well they meet Indigenous aspirations.
  4. Identify key considerations in approaching engagement with Indigenous people in a land/searelated or natural resource management projects.
  5. Develop skills to engage effectively in cross-cultural environmental management.

Indicative Assessment

Major essay, 2500 words (50%) (LOs 1-5)

Assignment,1000 words  and visual materials, (30%) (LOs 1, 3-5)

Online discussion forum (10%) (LOs 1 -5)

Tutorial facilitation (10%) (LOs 1 – 5)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 50 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and a three day field trip with 14 hours of course-related activities; and b) 80 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENVS2025.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be available on Wattle.

J. Altman & S. Kerins, “People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures”, Federation Press, 2012.

F. Walsh and P. Mitchell (eds) “Planning for Country, Cross-Cultural approaches to decision-making on Aboriginal lands”, Jukurrpa Books, Alice Springs.

Preliminary Reading


J. Altman & S. Kerins, “People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures”, Federation Press, 2012.

F. Walsh and P. Mitchell (eds) “Planning for Country, Cross-Cultural approaches to decision-making on Aboriginal lands”, Jukurrpa Books, Alice Springs.

Assumed Knowledge

INDG 1001 / ENVS 1001




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3619 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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