- Code ENVS2025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and the Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Analyse different approaches to engaging Indigenous people in land, sea and natural resource management, in terms of how well they meet Indigenous aspirations.
- Identify key considerations in approaching engagement with Indigenous people in a land/sea-related or natural resource management projects.
- Develop skills to engage effectively in cross-cultural environmental management.
Other InformationThere are additional field trip fees of approximately $205 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).
- Major essay, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignment,1000 words and visual materials (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Online discussion forum (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial facilitation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week over 12 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week, including a three day field trip with 14 hours of course-related activities (130 hours total workload over the semester).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingA 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.
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