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Caring for Country

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of South Australia

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Caring for Country explores the socio-historical relationship Australians have with the land we live on, and why it continues to form a vital part of national identity.

Delivered online, the unit focuses on the environment and wilderness, systems of knowledge, the archaeological record 'The Dreaming', resource management, land rights, native title and Wik, mining and pastoralism, heritage and protection, as well as the environmental stakeholders, ecotourism and cultural tourism, ethics and intellectual property.

On completing the unit, offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with the University of South Australia, you will be able to identify Indigenous values and beliefs, and how they apply to the land and resources that already exist, compare these practices with the 'caring' practices that were enforced during and after colonisation, and understand the relationship between Indigenous rights and land management policies.

With this vital knowledge under your belt, you will be able to contribute to relevant arguments about the future of the land and environment policies, and how we can become more responsible for our country.




To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following units:

  • Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
  • Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science
  • Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity

Course pathways

This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Caring for Country unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Environment and wilderness
  • Systems of knowledge
  • Archaeological record "The Dreaming"
  • Resource management
  • Land rights
  • Native and Wik
  • Mining and pastoralism
  • Heritage and Protection
  • Ecotourism and cultural tourism
  • Ethics and intellectual property
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Caring for Country is a beneficial unit of study for any career that is related to the environment, sustainability and tourism. It also provides a valuable lens through which to consider Australias complex colonialist history, and the ways in which Indigenous conceptions of land and its place can be better integrated into contemporary land management policy. It provides the ideal pathway to further studies across a broad range of areas, including Indigenous studies, environmental management, cultural studies and government policy.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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