IND203 - Caring for Country

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Rebecca Gerrett-Magee
Cohort rule:Nil

IND101 or IND102

Incompatible with: Nil
Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online learning experiences are via the unit site including a 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and an interactive 1-hour online seminar. An online forum will also be maintained and students will be expected to engage.


By examining Indigenous systems of knowledge and their development across millennia students will gain insight and clarification of the practical, conceptual and spiritual role of Country within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Comparisons of Western, Eastern, and Indigenous practices and philosophies in relation to Country, and how Australian Indigenous knowledge systems have shaped practices applicable for current environmental management strategies will be identified and analysed.

Within this unit students will explore dimensions of place, space and time to examine the reciprocal relationship between human beings and the environment. How do people 'see' and 'know' nature? How do we experience and care for it? We examine these questions through Indigenous perspectives starting through creation, to the varying ongoing responsibilities and commitment of caring for Country, and the world in which we live.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Reflect upon and articulate an evolving personal understanding of the multiple dimensions and interdependency of the people-Country relationship

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management


Identify, analyse, and critically discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' contemporary and historical contributions to knowledge and practice in all aspects of caring for Country

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically examine and discuss the areas of tension and convergence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships with the environment considering historic and contemporary practices. Incorporate Indigenous protocols when investigating and implementing modes of engagement, and co-actioning strategies to enhance collective and individual agency in navigating towards a solution

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Locate and present diverse perspectives on caring for Country within varying global Indigenous communities utilising online technologies and other sources of information

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Report 1200 words 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Case Study Analysis 1200 words 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Reflective piece 1600 words 40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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