GEOG 2150 - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2014

This course will introduce students to the key ideas and events that constitute Indigenous experience today. The course will give students a full understanding of who Indigenous peoples are, their relationship to the environment, and their historical and contemporary involvement in environmental matters. Using case studies, strands within the course include: (i) developing understanding of Indigenous cultural diversity, (ii) the theoretical context of core ideas such as Indigeneity, intellectual property, and social justice (iii) examination of the ways in which Indigenous relations to the environment are constituted, (iv) the impact of colonization, (v) Indigenous involvement in environmental management - both traditional and contemporary. Co-management and community based management will be considered in this context. The course will be supported by a number of Australian case studies. It will also be supported, wherever possible by Indigenous speakers, and a field trip to some Indigenous country.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2150
    Course Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 9 hours per week
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEST 2050
    Course Description This course will introduce students to the key ideas and events that constitute Indigenous experience today. The course will give students a full understanding of who Indigenous peoples are, their relationship to the environment, and their historical and contemporary involvement in environmental matters. Using case studies, strands within the course include: (i) developing understanding of Indigenous cultural diversity, (ii) the theoretical context of core ideas such as Indigeneity, intellectual property, and social justice (iii) examination of the ways in which Indigenous relations to the environment are constituted, (iv) the impact of colonization, (v) Indigenous involvement in environmental management - both traditional and contemporary. Co-management and community based management will be considered in this context. The course will be supported by a number of Australian case studies. It will also be supported, wherever possible by Indigenous speakers, and a field trip to some Indigenous country.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Evaluate the importance and relevance of Indigenous connection to place.
    2 Assess the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous peoples.
    3 Critically reflect upon key concepts such as intellectual property, traditional and contemporary Indigenous environmental management, and Indigeneity.
    4 Interpret the multiple dimensions within the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the marine environment.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will have lectures supported by problem-solving workshops.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This intensive course is delivered over two weeks with a two week break in between. Within this allocation, 50% of the week will be dedicated to information delivery (lectures and other forms of delivery) and 50% will be workshop sessions.

    Students will have a minimum of 36 hours contact. Additional hours will be spent in readings, essay/presentation preparation etc.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Setting context
    Indigenous peoples connection to the environment
    Indigenous peoples and colonisation (“First Australians”)
    Indigenouspeoples and contemporaryenvironmental management
    Art and Aboriginality
    “Ten Canoes”
    Week 2 Prepare and work on major assignment
    Week 3 Prepare, work and submit major assignment
    Week 4 Contemporary Indigenous involvement in the environment
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be required to attend field trips as part of the course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME
    Attendance and participation Formative and summative 10% 1, 3
    Essay/narrative Formative and summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Workshop portfolio Formative and summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at lectures and workshops is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance and participation: students will be asked to sign an attendance sheet upon arrival at each session.

    Essay/narrative: find/choose a style of Indigenous art or a piece of art that represents a particular art form (while in-class exercises will focus on Australian Indigenous art work, students may choose any form of Indigenous art work/style). Using this artwork/style as a base:
    1.  describe the style itself, and the stories therein in relation to specific examples you might be using; 2.  describe how this art form reflects Indigenous connection to the environment (traditional, contemporary or both);
    3.  consider what are the aspects displayed and the particular dimensions of Indigeneity that it manifests.

    Workshop portfolio: a series of class exercises that students will complete during the course. They will be developed as four discrete tasks spread out (and submitted) throughout the course.


    Submission
    Students may submit their work in hard copy to the coordinator via the Social Sciences School Office. Students may email their assignment as well but a hard copy needs to be submitted first. Students who do not request an extension will forfeit assessment marks at 10% for every three days it is late.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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