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Unit Overview


This multidisciplinary unit takes students on a journey across space and time to examine the relationship between human beings and the environment. How do we 'see' and 'know' nature? How do we describe and experience it? Two lenses are used to examine these questions. The first is Indigenous perspectives starting from creation in the Dreaming to understandings of the environment. The second lens is the science of natural history. The unit explores the discipline's philosophy, techniques and scientific rationale. It features a short lecture series followed by interactive field work in the Albany region during the semester break.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of Indigenous and Western views on nature; (2) understand the philosophy and techniques of natural history; (3) be aware of Indigenous protocols to do with the environment; (4) find ways of forming a relationship with the environment through language, description and visual imagery and be able to explain this relationship in writing; and (5) critically explore in writing the areas of tension and convergence between Indigenous and Western approaches to the environment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and engagement assessments; (2) workshop presentation; and (3) final report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit or equivalent
INDG1140 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Albany Field Trip - 4 days, 3 nights (estimated cost - Up to $65 per day).
Contact hours
six weeks intensive with local Metro fieldtrip/s
Students are advised that this unit may have an incidental fee of up to $60 per day for local fieldtrips (details to be confirmed by Unit Coordinator)
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  • 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.