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SLE792 - Exploring Collaborative Land Management

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Kurt Sutton





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Contact hours:

Community Based Delivery (CBD): Students are required to attend 2 x 1 week intensive classes, seminars and fieldtrips per trimester at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).


Enrolment in this unit is handled by the Institute of Koorie Education.


The inclusion of stakeholders in the implementation of Natural Resource Management (NRM) has been steadily growing in popularity, with power sharing and negotiation processes becoming adopted systematically. Broadly described as Collaborative Management, this power sharing is typically between the State and resource ‘users’ at either a local or regional scales. The inclusive decision-making processes involved in its implementation inevitably necessitates a broader engagement with knowledge and values other than those provided by western science and neoclassical economics.


The adoption of Collaborative Management between nation states and Indigenous Peoples is a focus of this unit and provides clear examples of the power sharing and dialogue between knowledge systems. Collaborative management typically elevates Indigenous Peoples above ‘the pack’ of resource users and results in a change in the nature of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and settler societies.


This unit will examine Collaborative Management in controlled burning and fire management, protected area management and water management. Using these themes we will examine some of the scientific, economic, and community development concepts that inform state-based approaches to land management and their dialogue with localised knowledge systems, focusing on Indigenous Knowledge systems.


Report 30%, discussion forum (written contribution) 40%, online oral presentation 30%

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