UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multimode
Semester 2AlbanyMultimode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content This multidisciplinary unit takes students on a journey across space and time to examine the relationship between human beings and the environment. How do we 'see' and 'know' nature? How do we describe and experience it? Two lenses are used to examine these questions. The first is Indigenous perspectives starting from creation in the Dreaming to understandings of the environment. The second lens is the science of Natural History. The unit explores the discipline's philosophy, techniques and scientific rationale. It features a short lecture series followed by interactive field work in the Albany region during the semester break.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of Indigenous and Western views on nature; (2) understand the philosophy and techniques of Natural History; (3) be aware of Indigenous protocols to do with the environment; (4) find ways of forming a relationship with the environment through language, description and visual imagery and be able to explain this relationship in writing; and (5) critically explore in writing the areas of tension and convergence between Indigenous and Western approaches to the environment.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation and engagement assessments; (2) workshop presentation; and (3) final report. 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) Professor Len Collard
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 1 unit or equivalent
Incompatibility: INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Contact hours six weeks intensive with week-long field trip to region
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.sis.uwa.edu.au/Units/INDG2700/SEM-2/2017
Note 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.

Students are advised that this unit has an incidental fee of $55 per day for the duration of the 2–5 day field trip to Albany.

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