Course Title: Indigenous Fieldwork

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Fieldwork

Credit Points: 12

Important Information:

Learning from the river, learning from the lakes.

 

This year the course will be run as a 3 part intensive involving intensive learning on country in Victoria as follows:

 

Friday 2nd March- full day workshop: Wurundjeri Country, Narrm (Melbourne)- Learning on Birrarung (Yarra)

23-26 March- 4 day field trip: Gunditjmara Country (Western District)- learning from eels

18-20 April- 3 day field trip: Gunnai Country (East Gippsland)- learning on lakes


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2215

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Phipps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2039

Course Coordinator Email: peter.phipps@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.20

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The Indigenous community fieldwork course is an intensive immersion into contemporary international Indigenous issues through an intensive fieldwork visit to an Indigenous community in Australia or overseas. You will be introduced to key concepts and points of connecting (and distinguishing) the issues being dealt with by Indigenous peoples in their local, national and global contexts.

Learning from the river, learning from the lakes.

 

This year the course will be run as a 3 part intensive involving intensive learning on country in Victoria as follows:

 

Friday 2nd March- full day workshop: Wurundjeri Country, Narrm (Melbourne)- Learning on Birrarung (Yarra)

23-26 March- 4 day field trip: Gunditjmara Country (Western District)- learning from eels

18-20 April- 3 day field trip: Gunnai Country (East Gippsland)- learning on lakes




 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • outline and discuss the cultural dimensions of working with and for Indigenous communities


A deeper understanding of relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Victoria. A basis from which to consider working with and for Indigenous communities in the future.


Overview of Learning Activities

This is substantially a fieldwork course. You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including:

  • lectures/seminars/workshops prior to fieldwork
  • reading to extensively to orient yourself for an intensive cross-cultural experience;
  • engaging in the planning and participation in a research ‘Forum’ at a fieldwork site; work very intensively in this role as part of a team in an exciting and challenging cross-cultural context recording and note-taking to produce a public report and transcripts of the event on-site during the Forum
  • participate in reflective seminars on your return
  • analyse and critically reflect on your experiences and the data that was gathered
  • write a report which analyses and critically reflects on your experiences and the data that was gathered


 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include: research and organisational assistance activities in support of the Forum and a reflective essay or report.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment