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University of South Australia
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:
This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
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.
In this Caring for Country unit, the topics you will study include:
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.
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.
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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