INDG3700 Sharing Space

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • 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 3 elective
This unit explores the various project design relationships and processes that a range of planning, heritage and design professionals can find themselves in while working in different Aboriginal localities. Environmental planning, design and visual art and heritage related practices from across Indigenous Australia are shared by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters, highlighting the importance of decolonised practice procedures and protocols appropriate for working within the 'shared space' in Australia. Students gain an advanced understanding of the different cultural constructions and representations of landscape as well as finding shared spaces through dialogue with Indigenous people. The key to the delivery of the unit is the collaborative and team-based teaching methods of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters and mentors. Students are encouraged to take this unit with INDG3600 Indigenous Design Studio.
Students are able to (1) acquire the advanced knowledge, skills, ethics and attitudes necessary to understand the various project art and design relationships and processes that architects, landscape architects, visual artists and land managers, and others can find themselves in while working in different Aboriginal localities; (2) become aware of the particular importance placed on environmental art and cultural design practice, and the representation procedures and protocols appropriate for working within the decolonised 'shared space' in Australia; and (3) become aware of how the different ways of knowing and representing landscape and country become central to this cross-cultural knowledge.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (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)
Associate Professor Grant Revell
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Contact hours
6 weeks (lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week; workshops/field trips: 2 hours per week)
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.

It is recommended that students take INDG3600 Indigenous Design Studio concurrently when the units are available in the same teaching period.
  • 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.