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SRL733 - Indigenous Narratives and Processes


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: David Jones




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

6 x 1 day class/seminars (6 hours per day).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


SRL733 considers contemporary engagements and relationships with Australian and international Indigenous communities in design and planning practice and projects. Part of the unit examines Indigenous peoples and their cultural and spiritual relationships to land, territory, Country, language, name, knowledge transferal, sedentary patterns, custodianship, curatorship, alternate approaches to ‘natural science’, personal and environmental health and their symbiotic use and curatorship of natural resources as legitimate land design, planning and management tools and approaches. A second part examines a set of Australian and international exemplar case studies where Indigenous peoples have served either as client or 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 considers processes of managing cultural-rich projects including consultation, engagement and protocols. A fourth part draws upon on-site engagement with a place rich in Indigenous meanings, associations, history, myth, and provide a first-hand understanding of Indigenous protocols.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Articulate an ethical understanding of and respect for Indigenous communities, whether Australian or international, and the deep knowledge and skill base such communities have to their Country (or equivalent)

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO8: Global citizenship


Discuss and use Indigenous concepts of land and ecological science, in particular seasons, time, plants, 
animals, land management, environmental and personal health, and the roles they might play in design and planning projects

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critique contemporary design and planning exemplars
that have and are continuing to closely work with or for Indigenous communities, that have and are resulting in culturally-rich outcomes and peer-acclamation for their innovation and cultural relevance

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply practical skills to appreciate and respect Indigenous protocols, engagements on major design projects and thereupon during construction and management phases

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Critique and discuss professional practice and community ethics, policies and strategies as they relate to Indigenous engagement, respect and development creation.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Cultural protocol Written report, 3,000-word/20-page maximum 30% Week 4
Cultural project critique Written report, 3,000-word/20-page maximum 30% Week 5
Project oral presentation Narrated PowerPoint, 10-page maximum 10% Week 11
Cultural project esquisse Written report, 3,000-word/20-page maximum  30% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRL733 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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