IND711 - Exploring Collaborative Land Management


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: CBD*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125




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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


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.

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