SOCS2901 Mining the Landscape

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines the rich human ecology of the Pilbara region, with special emphasis on Indigenous and environmental issues, and their interface with the mining industry. A critical examination of the culture of extraction that has characterised the region since European contact forms the unit's conceptual centre of gravity. The overarching academic objective is to equip students with the skills necessary to become more informed and more reflective decision makers by introducing them to the economic, environmental and cultural complexities that underlie one of Australia's, and the world's, most dynamic and resource-rich regions.
Students are able to understand and critically examine contemporary aspects of the Pilbara region, with an emphasis on Indigenous and environmental issues, and their interface with the mining industry. Case study project work focuses that understanding through a consideration of public policy, private enterprise initiatives, cultural practices, land use, heritage management, media ownership and operation, family formation, education and training, and social justice issues. Student projects are required to demonstrate a critical engagement with three of these foci.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a literature review (20 per cent); (2) a reflective journal of residency (20 per cent); and (3) a research project (60 per cent). 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 rules
any Level 1 unit in Anthropology, Archaeology, Indigenous Studies
Communication Studies;
HIST1002 An Age of Violence: the Making of the Modern World, 1789–2010 plus, as a co-requisite, HIST1901 Environmental History
Approved quota: 20
Contact hours
workshops: 8 x 2 hours
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