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SLE791 - Interpreting Cultural Landscapes

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:

Suzanne Nunn





Incompatible with: AIM723
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.


Expressing connection to place and land is a powerful human experience. The interpretation of meaning and significance from one generation to the next is also a tradition and practice of all peoples. Compelling interpretation can bring to many audiences new ways of understanding spiritual connections between place and culture. It can also reveal untold narratives and histories that can and enrich inform contemporary land management practice. Designing effective interpretive narratives and media can act to re-interpret history, dispel misrepresentations and bring forth undervalued knowledge and perspectives. In recognising the many different ways of seeing and knowing, this unit explores the important role of interpretation as not only a conversation across knowledge systems but as a crucial skill that can inform, educate and ultimately lead to a wiser management of water, sea and Country.

The unit examines the concept of cultural landscape, the articulation of significance and examines the principles of transformative interpretation. It critically analyses contemporary interpretative techniques focussing on oral interpretation, the written word, instillations, signage and new interpretive media. Combining what you have learned, you will design and present your own cultural interpretation of a place significant to yourself and your community.


Reflection 30%, written critique 30%, creative design 40%

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