Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Aboriginal Australians are the sole survivors of the 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  • 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

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study/PBL Exercises

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.