Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

Course code ABOR2243Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Australians are the sole survivors of last ice age in this country and demonstrates peoples' capacity to withstand the most drastic processes of change and an acute understanding of the environment. This amazing capacity to change to environmental and other factors provides the perfect cultural lens to explore these changes from an Aboriginal viewpoint from creation through to the contemporary opinions on current global warming and the resilience of Aboriginal peoples to the impact of change over critical periods of policy and practice.

All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have developed:
1. An understanding of Aboriginal philosophies to the environment.
2. A analytical knowledge of the diversity of experiences of Aboriginal peoples with environmental change and adaptation to change in general.
3. Perspectives on Aboriginal peoples' adaptation to changes in the environment including global warming and Ice Ages.
4. An understanding of the fundamental impacts of colonisation on the environment.
5. A range of academic skills in relation writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, research and analysis.
Content* Origin theories of Aboriginal people
* Aboriginal lore and the environment
* Mega flora and fauna, Ice Ages and volcanoes
* Debates surrounding global warming and the rising seas
* The United Nation's role and concerns with the environment
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Online Learning Activities1500-2000 words or equivalent
Other: (please specify)Written Assessment 2500 words
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase Study - 1500-2000 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR2243