IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment

This unit explores the nature and contemporary expression of the strong, enduring and unique associations that exist between Indigenous people, their cultures and the natural environment. Contextual understandings of the natural environment drawn from different Indigenous traditions are characterised and compared to develop an appreciation of and respect for the diversity and complexity of different knowledge traditions.Through an exposure to different ontological understandings of relationships to land and sea country, students analyse and critique the role and impact these different ways of knowing have on the contemporary management of natural and cultural resources. Students are expected to reflect critically upon the way in which an understanding of and respect for different ways of knowing the natural environment can shape their own professional practice, particularly in the environmental sciences and natural resource management.

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