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SRL733 - Indigenous Narratives and Processes

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

David Jones





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: Students are required to attend 6 x 1 day seminars (6 hours per day).

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit considers and explores contemporary engagements and relationships with Australian and international Indigenous communities in design and planning projects.  Part of the unit will examine the concept and entity of Indigenous peoples and their cultural and spiritual relationships to land, territory, country, language, name, knowledge transferral, sedentary patterns, custodianship, curatorship, alternate approaches to ‘natural science’, and their symbiotic use and curatorship of natural resources as legitimate land design, planning and management tools and approaches.  A second part will examine a set of Australian and International exemplar case studies where Indigenous peoples have served either as client or as consultant in the formulation of design and planning projects that have resulted in international and or highly significant, innovative and creative outcomes that demonstrate respect and cultural richness.  A third part will consider processes of managing cultural-rich projects including consultation, engagement and protocols.  A fourth part will draw upon on-site engagement with a place rich in Indigenous meanings, associations, history, myth, and provide a first-hand understanding of Indigenous protocols.

This unit is a direct response to a clear policy shift and reconciliation commitment by the Australian architecture, landscape architecture and planning professions to better engage with, respect, understand, and embrace Indigenous culture in design and planning projects.  It is intended as unit to provoke understanding and respect, and processes of engagement within the professional practice of design and planning and not simply cultural competency articulation.


Two individual projects (30% each) 60%, one individual design project (30%) with accompanying oral presentation (10%)

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