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IDK2203 Indigenous Environmental Perspectives and Knowledge

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


An understanding of Indigenous environmental perspectives and knowledge is crucial for more inclusive and effective natural resource management. This understanding is also necessary for the development of cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity for practitioners. The course is of value to environmental scientists, engineers, field biologists, natural resource managers, conservation biologists, wildlife managers, water scientists, and professional ecologists.

This course will explore Indigenous relationships with country and how these knowledges and perspectives can be incorporated into resource management. This course introduces students to perspectives on Indigenous relationships to biodiversity, lands, waters, and cultural sites. It will explore Indigenous philosophies, knowledges, systems, and processes as they apply to country, land, and the natural environment more generally. The meaning and role of the concept of Country and its importance to Indigenous health and wellbeing will be explored. Students will critically review the historic and contemporary contexts for Indigenous natural resource management and its contribution to broader conservation and sustainability of Australia's natural ecosystems. The course will also provide students with knowledge and skills to engage and collaborate successfully with Indigenous peoples in many land or natural resource management issues. Students will develop an understanding of intercultural awareness by critically reviewing their own values, beliefs, and worldviews.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023