Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. discuss and analyse traditional Aboriginal sustainability
  2. assess and communicate how sustainability applies to Aboriginal communities and its basis in the historical and cultural differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians
  3. categorise and reflect upon the drivers of cultural change for Aboriginal communities and debate how this relates to the creation of new practices, industries and impacts
  4. use and interdisciplinary approach to appraise issues facing Aboriginal communities.
    • Introduction to Aboriginal Sustainability: Traditional principles and practises of country, kinship and knowledge
    • Case Stories, South Australia and Western Australia
    • Case Stories, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory
    • Case Stories, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales
    • Contact history and terra nullius
    • The third space, knowledge systems and sustainability
    • The gap: Health, wealth and wellbeing
    • Stolen Generations
    • Identity and kinship
    • Caring for country and Native Title
    • City country
    • Art and performance
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Blog
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018
  • CUR-SCP-MAS-2018
  • CUR-SCP-GCE-2018
  • CUR-SCP-GDI-2018
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores the factors affecting sustainability for Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The lectures are based around personal stories of survival, loss and reconstruction. Through these stories, key practices and policies are examined. The subject is approached through three modules: traditional Aboriginal sustainability and worldviews; impact of colonisation on sustainability; and contemporary approaches to sustainability.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Exercises (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Essay (40%)

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