Dharug Country: Presences, Places and People
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- 27 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Recognise who Dharug people are and their connection to place
- Explore the concept of 'Country' as a relational space
- Describe contemporary Dharug cultural practices and how these are connected to older knowledge systems
- Examine the politics of place and the impact of colonisation on Dharug people and Country
- Theme 1: Meeting Place and Dharug Nura/Country Out on Country (Experiential Learning)
- Theme 2: Meeting Presences Out on Country (Experiential Learning)
- Theme 3: Goanna Places Out on Country (Experiential Learning)
- Theme 4: Meeting People
- Theme 5: Significant Questions 1: Why Bother? Out on Country (Experiential Learning)
- Theme 6: Significant Questions 2: Futures? Yarning Session: Elders/Academics Yarning Session/Student Forum
- Theme 7: Unit Summary Leaving Place
No eligibility requirements
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit introduces students to Dharug perspectives about Country, spiritual concepts including human and non-human ancestors, and the importance of connecting to place and belonging. Students will learn valuable insights from a diverse group of Dharug community members telling their own stories about sites of significance to them. Students will be introduced to Dharug language, art and other cultural practices demonstrating the continuity of knowledges that Dharug people have maintained for over 65,000 years.This unit allows students to connect with contemporary Dharug people and learn about the impact of colonisation on the community and also better understand how Dharug people and communities have resisted and survived. Dharug people will share stories of importance so students can be more aware of the politics of place.
- Participation (40%)
- Video Production/Presentation (20%)
- Reflective Essay (2000 words) (40%)
Textbooks are not required.