INDG1800 Indigenous Ways of Knowing 1 (Introductory)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyMulti-mode
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides Level 1 students with the opportunity to study, experience and relate to a range of introductory Indigenous knowledge topics that become available through the School of Indigenous Studies' global Indigenous engagement programs. Studying in different locations alongside different host communities will provide first-hand introductory opportunities to experience and investigate issues of local, national and global Indigenous rights, sustainable community development, environmental custodianship and cultural wellbeing primarily from an Indigenous perspective.
Students are able to (1) develop a basic level of understanding and experience by way of appropriately immersing themselves in the day-to-day learning and cultural lifestyles of host indigenous communities and their settings; (2) actively demonstrate ethical ways of engaging ‘in-country' with different Indigenous peoples and their knowledges, values and belief systems; (3) develop preliminary skills to critically analyse representations of cultural heritage, making links to the knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts in a set of creative multi-media exercises and assessment items; (4) demonstrate quality introductory communication, citizenship and life-learning skills in both academic and community-based settings; and; and (5) identify further preliminary initiatives for Indigenous study in their respective university learning programs, community service activities, or future professional practices.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and engagement assessments; (2) workshop presentation; and (3) major report (or approved equivalent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Melville Thomas
Unit rules
24 Points of prior study and approval by The School of Indigenous Studies.
Approved quota: 15—specific eligibility requirements will apply. Based on academic merit and preference on Indigenous and/or Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major students.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
International Field Trip (estimated cost - From $65 per day up to a total of $5,000).
Contact hours
Equivalent of 1 hour lecture/seminars and 2 hours of workshops/Practical Classes over 10 weeks; may be intensively taught over a 3–4 week study tour or in-house study program.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-2F_2019]
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.