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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.


This comprises participation assessments, a tutorial presentation and an essay.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Leonard Collard and Associate Professor Grant Revell
Unit rules
INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
OR INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin.
for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History
or HIST2263 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
Contact hours
lectures, tutorials and field work: 30 hrs
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.