INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines the historical, political and social processes of colonisation in Australia with a specific focus on four distinct northern areas of Western Australia—the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions. The unit illustrates the global importance of these areas in terms of industry and tourism and how these often compete with obligations to land from local Aboriginal groups.
Students are able to (1) present information collaboratively in a tutorial setting; (2) research historical events and issues in the north of Western Australia; (3) demonstrate knowledge in writing, employing Aboriginal voices where appropriate; (4) demonstrate analytical skills in comparing issues and events from different areas in the north of Western Australia; (5) demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives and issues; (6) demonstrate communicative skills in essay writing and group presentation; and (7) demonstrate independent research skills in sourcing information and referencing.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation assessments; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) 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)
Carolyn Crook
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
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):
Metro Area field trip - 1 Day (estimated cost - Up to $60 per day).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 1 hour 45 minutes per week
There will not be a fieldtrip this year due to Covid 19.
  • 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.