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Unit Overview


This unit explores the various project design relationships and processes that a range of planning, heritage and design professionals can find themselves in while working in different Aboriginal localities. Environmental planning, design and visual art and heritage related practices from across Indigenous Australia are shared by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters, highlighting the importance of decolonised practice procedures and protocols appropriate for working within the 'shared space' in Australia. Students gain an advanced understanding of the different cultural constructions and representations of landscape as well as finding shared spaces through dialogue with Indigenous people. The key to the delivery of the unit is the collaborative and team-based teaching methods of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters and mentors. Students are encouraged to take this unit with INDG3600 Indigenous Design Studio.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) acquire the advanced knowledge, skills, ethics and attitudes necessary to understand the various project art and design relationships and processes that architects, landscape architects, visual artists and land managers, and others can find themselves in while working in different Aboriginal localities; (2) become aware of the particular importance placed on environmental art and cultural design practice, and the representation procedures and protocols appropriate for working within the decolonised 'shared space' in Australia; and (3) become aware of how the different ways of knowing and representing landscape and country become central to this cross-cultural knowledge.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and engagement assessments; (2) workshop presentation; and (3) major report (or approved equivalent). 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)
Mr Melville Thomas
Unit rules
INDG2300 Indigenous Knowledge: Mind, Body and Spirit
or INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
or INDG2700 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):
Perth and Fremantle - 1 Day (estimated cost - $60 per day).
Contact hours
6 weeks (lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week
workshops/field trips: 2 hours per week)
It is recommended that students take INDG3600 Indigenous Design Studio concurrently when the units are available in the same teaching period.
  • 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.