Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS662

There will be no intake into this course in 2017.

Note: This course is available through the Institute of Koorie Education. Students undertake intensive blocks of study under community based delivery. Please refer to the Institute of Koorie Education website.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Natural and Cultural Resource Management provide specialist skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students involved in the areas of land management facilitation, caring for country, environmental management, waste and water management, cultural heritage interpretation and protection, sustainability, project management and education. A key focus of the course is the exploration and convergence of Western Knowledge Systems and the application of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Systems that are currently building a more collaborative approach to the protection of both natural and cultural environments in Australia.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Natural and Cultural Resource Management (S562)

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Articulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and its underlying custodial ethic in the context of contemporary natural and cultural resource management.
  • Apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and use the principles of project planning, management and implementation to contribute, realise and protect cultural heritage and the environment.
  • Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and Western knowledge to inform contemporary environmental management practices.
  • Bring to the fore knowledge of customary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters with an emphasis on cultural maintenance, created through the generations via the transmission process taking in to account and observing ownership, restrictions and authorisation to use and disseminate cultural knowledge.
  • Use knowledge of specific cultural duties and responsibilities to Country that govern the workings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s knowledge systems in accordance with their customary practices in order to recognise, protect or preserve cultural heritage and the environment through planning, management and implementation of projects.
  • Use natural resource management frameworks for reorienting and informing natural and cultural resource management programs while maintaining cultural values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their connection and voice in implementing projects and programs.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of cultural perspectives to communicate with a variety of audiences and engage in a community-based approach to contribute to and influence Western government policy designs and managerial practice.
  • Select and apply interpersonal communication skills to engage, inform and motivate a range of audiences in a community-based approach to government policy interpretation, and use appropriate, relevant and compelling views that represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in design and management practices when working with the wider community in joint projects involving natural and cultural resource management.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information regarding natural and cultural landscapes.
  • Transform information and experiences into a narrative and use digital technologies to demonstrate the ability to record and document experiences and cultural practice.
  • Demonstrate skilful use of high-quality, credible, relevant digital sources to identify, access, use and disseminate information regarding natural and cultural landscapes by systematically and methodically differentiating from personal opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence.
  • Apply knowledge of digital technologies to transform thoughts, ideas, information and experiences about cultural practices, land and resource management into physical forms such as a recording or written work to share knowledge with necessary rights and permissions.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Critically analyse contemporary natural and cultural resource management governance frameworks and evaluate practices in order to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander perspectives to mitigate negative outcomes for natural and cultural heritage and resource environments.
  • Consistently include Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander perspectives and make high-level judgements in a responsible and inclusive manner through the analysis of contemporary natural and cultural resource management governance frameworks, information, arguments and viewpoints to reason, interpret and evaluate practice, to reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities, and to contribute to positive outcomes for natural and cultural heritage and resource environments.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Facilitate dialogue, consult with community Elders, government and non-government agencies and research institutions to identify possible approaches to managing natural and cultural resources.
  •  Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and natural and cultural resource management frameworks to create realistic solutions to authentic real world projects and programs.
  • Demonstrate tolerance of opposing views, suspend judgement and use initiative and empathic listening to discover the richness of diverse perceptions and create a shared meaning in the process of proposing one or more approaches that is creative, logical and inclusive for managing natural and cultural resources.
  •  Prioritise tasks, reflect on possibilities, judge the pros and cons of various solutions within a given context in order to formulate and create solutions that indicate application of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and natural and cultural resource management frameworks and address multiple contextual factors and facets of the problem.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate projects and work independently and collaboratively to plan, manage, respond to and realise the management of natural and cultural resources.

 

  • Consistently apply the frameworks of accountability, honesty and responsibility, and work collaboratively to contribute and share ideas and information using initiative and planning skills in the management of natural and cultural resources in an ethical and professional manner.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Critically reflect on the needs of the community and develop processes in order to work as a team in a sensitive manner to coordinate, facilitate and manage natural and cultural resources.
  • Demonstrate well-developed interpersonal, communication and planning skills to establish processes in order to work as a team with representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and government and non-government agencies by critically reflecting on needs and various perspectives, facilitating dialogues about policy and legislative framework and identifying solutions to collaboratively manage natural and cultural resources.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Observe appropriate protocols when discussing and facilitating management of Country in a consultative, ethical and sensitive manner for scholarship or professional practice.
  • Incorporate protocols, and situate identity and actions in a cultural context, acknowledge Country, its people and permissions to facilitate positions and views of various local and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

The course comprises eight compulsory core units, each worth 1 credit point.

Course structure

SLE791Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscapes

SLE792Knowledge for Natural and Cultural Environments

SLE793Natural Resource Management Frameworks and Issues

SLE795Planning and Techniques for Interpretation

SHD701Creating Sustainable Futures

SLE797Community Project Management

SLE798Researching for Country

SLE799Essential Skills for Natural and Cultural Resource Management