INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit examines Aboriginal memory, culture and language from the south of Western Australia with a focus on Noongar heritage and cultural continuity. Students visit sites of significance and engage with a variety of guest speakers. Through this engagement, students are encouraged to explore a variety of modes to communicate knowledge. There is an emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of the complexities of Aboriginal historical and cultural relationships to specific localities.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives and issues in the south of Western Australia; (2) critically analyse these perspectives and issues; (3) research the historical and cultural importance of a specific locality and demonstrate knowledge of the subject in writing, employing Aboriginal voices where appropriate; (4) engage with experiences in the field and connect these experiences to cultural and historical contexts; (5) demonstrate communicative skills in research essay writing; and (6) demonstrate independent research skills in sourcing information and referencing.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) engagement and participation 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 Leonard Collard
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):
Field Trip Rottnest - 1 Day (estimated cost - Up to $60 per day).
Contact hours
lectures, tutorial/workshops and field trips
Students are advised that this unit may have incidental fees of up to $55 per field trip within the metropolitan area. Students must participate in all compulsory field trips as listed in the unit outline.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.