INDG3400 Indigenous People and Global Issues

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
This unit positions Australia's Indigenous people in a global context, highlighting areas of shared world views, knowledge, practices and experience with particular reference to the first nations of America. Students are introduced to the legal and social structures that have been set up to protect and share Indigenous cultural material both tangible and intangible.
Students are able to (1) understand the differences and similarities between Indigenous people in America and Australia; (2) understand the position Indigenous people occupy in a global world and the current pressures and issues they face; (3) demonstrate an understanding of relevant United Nations instruments that relate to Indigenous people; and (4) research a substantial issue on Indigenous people and the global world and produce this research in writing.
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)
Melville Thomas
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
INDG2400 Looking South: Noongar Voices
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
Contact hours
seminars/workshops: 1 hr per week; tutorials: 2 hrs per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.