INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • 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 2 elective
This unit provides a detailed examination of Indigenous knowledge systems in Australia, exploring key features, concepts and processes. Examples of content include discourses on holism; Indigenous notions of time, space and logic; understanding the primacy of relationships in Indigenous world views; and exploring notions of Indigenous law. Students examine the diversity of Indigenous knowledge systems in Australia and the common features that connect these systems. There are significant comparisons with the knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples in Canada and North America.
Students are able to (1) describe the key conceptual features of Indigenous knowledge systems and methods by which Indigenous theory is applied; (2) understand the diversity as well as the commonalities within different Indigenous systems; (3) understand principles on which Indigenous systems are based; (4) apply features of Indigenous logic and reasoning; and (5) research a substantial issue in Indigenous knowledge and demonstrate knowledge of the subject in writing, employing 'Aboriginal voices' where appropriate.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation assessments; (2) a tutorial presentation; and (3) an essay. 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)
Dr Elfie Shiosaki
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Contact hours
online lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
The lecture series for this unit is fully online. The workshops are conducted face-to-face in the classroom.
Readings will be provided.
  • 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.