Major Overview

Description

The Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major comprises an interdisciplinary course that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and philosophy of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. The units offered enable you to critically engage with the issues covered, across a number of disciplines, and connect to contemporary Australian social issues. Studying a major in Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage will give you a strong grounding in Aboriginal knowledge systems as well as Western disciplinary constructs around Indigenous knowledge and peoples. Graduates gain a broad understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal people, and their ability to work appropriately and effectively with Indigenous peoples is enhanced. They increase their ability to work in culturally competent ways and develop flexible, generic and portable skills essential to a changing global environment.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of the experience, history and culture of Aboriginal peoples with a particular focus on Western Australia; (2) demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous systems of knowledge and the relevance of these systems across a broad range of disciplines; (3) critically evaluate representations of Aboriginal peoples in historical and academic discourse; (4) demonstrate a knowledge of ethical paradigms in Aboriginal research and conduct independent research; (5) demonstrate an awareness of the major historical and cultural issues that inform present day Aboriginal disadvantage; and (6) clearly express ideas in discussion and writing.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Courses

Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
S2 INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ARTF2000 Curatorial Practices
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
VISA2051 Curatorial Practices
N/A HIST2016 When Empire Strikes: Imperial Expansion, Resistance, and Rights from Europe to Australasia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 HIST
or
GEND unit;
or
INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge;
or
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
VISA2051 Curatorial Practices; INDG3500 Image, Representation and Appropriation
N/A INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
N/A INDG2800 Indigenous Ways of Knowing 2 (Intermediate)
Prerequisites:
48 Points of successful prior study and approval by the School of Indigenous Studies.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 INDG3300 Indigenous Research
Prerequisites:
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
or
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
or
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 HIST3014 Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous Australian History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
or
any Level 2 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
S2 INDG3400 Indigenous People and Global Issues
Prerequisites:
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
or
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
or
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A INDG3700 Sharing Space
Prerequisites:
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A INDG3800 Indigenous Ways of Knowing 3 (Advanced)
Prerequisites:
96 points of prior study and approval by the School of Indigenous Studies.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.