Aboriginal Perspectives on Sustainability focuses on the contemporary environmental movement and urban Aboriginal landscapes. Students will explore the relationship and connection of Aboriginal people with the environment and their traditional sustainable practices and investigate the impact of colonisation/dispossession to the urban biota. Students will be introduced to the local provenance of Aboriginal plant resources and the ways in which colonised spaces and places are incorporating and reintroducing these species.
The unit will cover topics related to contemporary Aboriginal self-determination and self-management in the control of cultural heritage, landscapes and land management. Students will be introduced to the agency of Aboriginal people in relationships and negotiations with third parties over land and resources and the impact of climate, policy and practice on access to land, cultural practices and resources.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Readings will be available via VU Collaborate.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.