• 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 Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tyrone Lavery
    • Kate Harriden
    • Trish Tupou
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of Indigenous relationships to lands, waters and cultural sites in Australia and internationally. It will provide students with an overview of Indigenous perspectives about the natural environment, knowledge systems and practices, as well as the settler state legal and policy frameworks which often obstruct Indigenous opportunities to actively engage in cultural and natural resource management. These areas of contestation and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous natural resources users are explored through a series of land and water management case studies and an examination of a range of theories on the topic. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to strengthen self-reflexive practices that are essential in engaging with Indigenous knowledge in many natural resource management issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an appreciation of Indigenous aspirations, perspectives and knowledge systems in relation to lands, waters, plants, animals, natural resources and cultural heritage, and explain how these may vary from western scientific, legal and managerial perspectives.
  2. Be aware of connections between Indigenous peoples of Australia, Oceania (Pacific Islands) and internationally, as facilitated through Indigenous studies theories of solidarity and relationality.
  3. Engage with Indigenous relational ontological perspectives, sovereignty and resurgence and how these relate to land and natural resource management issues in Australia and other settler state contexts.
  4. Enhance understanding of Indigenous experiences of climate change, its impacts, the challenges it poses as well as the strategies developed by Indigenous peoples to respond.
  5. Develop skills to critically analyse environmental conservation and natural resource management policies and programs and their implications for Indigenous peoples’ perspectives, initiatives, and aspirations.
  6. Develop a self-reflexive practice that allows for culturally situated and place-specific engagement in environmental management issues.

Other Information

There are additional field trip fees of approximately $200 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop).

  • Field-based teaching and learning activity forms an integral and important part of many courses delivered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society. For this course, there is an optional field trip. Fieldwork activities are designed to allow you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in new environments and provide powerful enrichment to student learning. Information about this will be communicated to the class in the first week of the teaching semester. Students should contact the Course Convenor if they have any questions.

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Policy Brief, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Learning Journal, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  3. Annotated Bibliography, 1500 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Workshop Participation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hours of classes per week through which lecture and workshop content will be delivered.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree. Incompatible with INDG2001.

Prescribed Texts

Not required.

Preliminary Reading

Allen, C. 2012. Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press. 

Banivanua-Mar, T. 2016. Decolonisation and the Pacific, Cambridge University Press. 

Corntassel, J. 2012. Re-envisioning resurgence: Indigenous pathways to decolonization and sustainable self-determination. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1, 1, 86-101. 

Davis, H. & Todd, Z. 2017. On the importance of a date, or, decolonizing the Anthropocene. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 16, 761-780. 

Moreton-Robinson, A. 2015. The white possessive: Property, power, and indigenous sovereignty, University of Minnesota Press. 

Neale, T., Carter, R., Nelson, T. & Bourke, M. 2019. Walking together: a decolonising experiment in bushfire management on Dja Dja Wurrung country. cultural geographies, 26, 341-359.

Reo, N.J. 2019. Inawendiwin and Relational Accountability in Anishnaabeg Studies: The Crux of the Biscuit. Journal of Ethnobiology, 39(1): 65-75. 

Smith, L. T. 2012. Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples, New York, Zed Books. 

Tuck, E. & Yang, W. 2014. Unbecoming Claims: Pedagogies of refusal in qualitative research. Sage, 20, 811-818. 

Whyte, K. 2017. Indigenous climate change studies: Indigenizing futures, decolonizing the Anthropocene. English Language Notes, 55, 153-162. 

Wolfe, P. 1999. Settler colonialism, A&C Black. 

Assumed Knowledge

INDG1001, INDG1002, ENVS1001


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3801 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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