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, learning from the bays.


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


Friday 8th March- full day workshop: Wurundjeri Country, Narrm (Melbourne)- Learning on Birrarung (Yarra)


20-22 March -3 day field trip: Boon Wurrung/Bunurong Country (Mornington Peninsula)- Between the bays


 1-2 May- 2 day field trip: Gunnai Country (East Gippsland)- learning on lakes


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr. Peter Phipps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2039

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.20

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course will be run as a 3 part intensive involving intensive learning on country in Victoria.



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:

  • intensive fieldwork experiences;
  • reading to extensively to orient yourself for an intensive cross-cultural experience;
  • 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.

This is a challenging course that will at times be personally demanding and possibly confronting for some students. It involves camping outdoors and working intensively in a group.


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: