IND205 - Global Indigenous Knowledges and Philosophies

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Study Tour, 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
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit. This includes practicals and seminar time, designated activities, assessment tasks, readings, and study time.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

9 x 2-hour seminars (Week 1-6 and 9-11) conducted online, 1 x study tour of 2 weeks (Week 7-8), conducted either on Country or virtually depending on travel availability

In-person attendance requirements:

Study Tour


This unit focuses on Global Indigenous Communities around the world and engages in a virtual study tour. It comprises of either an immersive on-Country international tour, or a virtual study tour when on-Country is not a viable option. The study tour will respond to international events, initiatives and opportunities. Students will explore Indigenous perspectives, focusing on their history, societal structures, leadership methods, practices and epistemologies.

Students will compare and contrast the knowledges of the Global Indigenous peoples to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, gaining insight into the differences and similarities of Indigenous peoples throughout the world. Students will also analyse and examine how views of Indigenous cultures have been shaped by Eurocentric models of thinking.

Each flexible study tour will focus on a particular Global Indigenous group from around the world. These may include, but are not limited to, the Anui people of Japan, the Maori people of New Zealand, First Nations people of Canada and North America and the Sami people of Northern Europe.

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

Examine and explain the key dimensions of Indigenous histories, cultures, societal structures and leadership methods around the world to enact responsive Global Citizenship.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse and evaluate critical issues of significance to Global Indigenous peoples, including the complexities of community-based organisations and modes of engagement, and identify appropriate protocols when reflecting on strategies to enhance agency.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically reflect on the multiple spaces that exemplify Global Indigenous peoples’ role in challenging injustices and how these have brought about change in their country/s.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Co-construct respectful relationships within group processes in a collaborative, reflective, and culturally responsive manner to examine the comparative and contrasting elements of Indigeneity around the world.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Annotated Bibliography 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Reflective Journal 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Oral Presentation 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 12

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.

Learning Resource

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