GEOP603 is available in internal and external study modes. Learning and teaching will be via a mix of real-time lectures and guest lectures, pre-recorded lectures, real-time workshops, online workshops and readiness assessment tasks. All Internal students must listen to the real-time or pre-recorded lectures prior to the relevant workshops, attend and complete the required real-time and online workshops and complete all the Readiness Assessment Tasks. External students must listen to all the lectures, complete the online versions of the real-time workshops, complete all online workshops and complete all the Readiness Assessment Tasks. Please see the unit schedule on iLearn for details of these compulsory activities.
Real-time lectures: Thursday 2pm-3pm in E6A102.
Real-time workshop: Friday 1pm-3pm in W2.4A 2.300 Active learning space (Please check timetable).
Non-attendance at these sessions, poor preparation and participation will affect your overall engagement with the unit and also your grade for Assessment Task 1. You must contact Sandie (email@example.com) or your tutor if you are unable to attend a session due to unavoidable circumstances, otherwise your grade will be affected.
Teaching and Learning Strategies and Workload Expectations
Undergraduate students are expected to commit at least 3 hours per week per credit point to their studies. Thus, in addition to attending weekly classes for an average 3 hours per week (in real time or online), students in GEOP603 are expected to complete appropriate preparation and Readiness Assessment Tasks (3 hours per week) as well as assignment preparation (3 hours per week). The total workload for this unit is a minimum of 9 hours per week throughout the semester and we have worked hard to ensure the workload aligns with this. However, workload does vary throughout the semester with more intense periods of class time tempered with a lighter face-to-face workloads at other points in time. Please work with this rhythm and adjust your work plans accordingly.
GEOP603 aims to be a challenging and stimulating unit that not only engages with and critiques resource management but also reflects on our role as potential environmental management ‘experts’ within that system. To achieve the unit aims of not only considering how environmental management systems have turned worlds upside down, but also to turn our own worlds upside, it is important that you open yourself up to the challenge of the unit and put the required effort and energy into it through actively doing the necessary preparation, assignments and constructively engage with the activities.
GEOP603 aims to offer you as many opportunities as possible to engage with your role as a student and potential professional resource manager through up-to-date material, case studies, hypotheticals, simulation exercises etc. Although GEOP603 focuses on the experiences of Indigenous people in class based activities, the unit encourages you to pursue specific personal interests – drawing these interests into class activities and importantly focusing on these topics for your assignments.
Technology used and required
All students must have access to iLearn. Please bring laptops computers and other devices to real-time workshops.
Required and recommended texts
Highly recommended textbooks:
Burarrwanga, L., Ganambarr, R., Ganambarr- Stubbs, M., Ganambarr, B., Maymuru, D., Wright, S., Suchet-Pearson, S., and Lloyd, K. 2013 Welcome to My Country. Allen and Unwin, Melbourne. This book is co-authored by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous team of authors. It draws you into life at Bawaka in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and challenges you to look below the surface beauty of the Country to appreciate the connections, relationships and obligations that enable its on-going health and vitality. It also gives you an insight into the incredible lives and histories of the amazing people who live there. Copies are available in the Co-op Bookshop (royalties from the book go directly to the lead author Laklak Burarrwanga). (approx.. $18.00).
Howitt, R. 2001 Rethinking Resource Management: justice, sustainability and Indigenous peoples, Routledge, London is based on the GEOP603 teaching program and presents conceptual and case study material on unit themes from around the world. It includes detailed bibliographies and guides for discussion. (approx. $85.00).
Required readings for the unit are available through the Library’s Multisearch function - http://www.mq.edu.au/on_campus/library/. Click on the Unit Readings tab and enter GEOP340.
Recommendations for further reading: Based on your interests, you should consider some of these texts for your professional library:
Altman, J and Kerins, S 2012 People on country: vital landscapes, Indigenous futures. The Federation Press, Sydney. This fabulous collection of case studies challenges mainstream resource managers to engage with and appreciate the role that Indigenous people play in caring for Country in Australia. (approx. $38.00).
Burarrwanga, L.L., Maymuru, D, Ganambarr, R., Ganambarr, B., Wright, S., Suchet-Pearson, S. and Lloyd, K. 2008 Weaving Lives Together at Bawaka, Northeast Arnhem Land. Centre for Urban and Regional Studies University of Newcastle, Newcastle. This book is also co-authored by 2 colleagues, 4 Indigenous women from north-east Arnhem Land and myself, and gives a small insight in the craft of weaving and the role it plays in the Yolngu cosmos. Copies are available in the Co-op Bookshop (money raised by the book goes directly to the tourism enterprise owned and run by the Burarrwanga family). (approx. $25.00).
Hay, I. 2012 Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, Oxford University Press, Melbourne (4th edition). If you are studying other Human Geography units, you should consider purchasing this book as it is a very useful manual for work in this field. Copies will be available in the Co-op Bookshop.
Rose, D.B. 1996 Nourishing Terrains: Australian Aboriginal views of landscape and wilderness, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra. This beautiful book draws on anthropologist Debbie Rose’s deep understanding of Aboriginal cultural values and ecological vision to fashion one of the most compelling and accessible accounts of the basis for a respectful reconciliation of Australians yet published. Highly recommended as a foundation for the unit – and a wonderful present for people you want to help see things differently! This book is no longer in print but the text can be downloaded from
Weir, J. 2009 Murray River Country: an ecological dialogue with traditional owners. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. This is quite a brilliant book that explores the interplay of multiple perspectives on environmental and social change in Murray River Country. It offers a rich case study of how people, place, water and culture interact in contemporary Australia. Copies are available in the Co-op Bookshop. (approx. $23.00)