IND710 - Interpreting Cultural Landscapes


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: CBD*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with: AIM723
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

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


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

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 enrich and 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, installations, 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.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you:

Talk to a Deakin adviser about studying at Deakin today

Call 1800 693 888Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm AEST
Chat live nowMonday to Friday: 8am to 7pm AEST