ENM111 Indigenous Environmental Studies (8)

In this subject, students critically engage with the historical foundations of current practices and processes of environmental management to develop awareness of how these impact contemporary realities for Indigenous Australian peoples. By critically reflecting on their standpoint, students examine the influence these foundations have on relationships between people and Country. Students develop an understanding of intercultural awareness and cultural responsivity by examining their own values, beliefs, and current knowledges to support a critique of past and present environmental management practices. The pivotal role Country plays in the maintenance of Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing is explored. Students develop a working knowledge of Indigenous Australian environmental practices with an understanding of their own role as social actors and identify strategies for working with diverse populations into the future. This subject is taught collaboratively by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and the School of Environmental Sciences.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENM111. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences

Subject Relationships

IKC101 Some common content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect on own knowledge, values, and experiences to identify personal learning goals relating to the development of cultural responsiveness, and strategies for achieving those goals;
  • be able to critically reflect on how knowledge of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contemporary contexts, facilitate or challenge current models of environmental management in Australia;
  • be able to critique non-Indigenous relationships with Country;
  • be able to discuss the pivotal role Country plays in the maintenance of Indigenous Australian health and well-being; and
  • be able to apply the concepts of environmental studies appropriate to Indigenous Australian people and their communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Indigenist standpoint theory;
  • Locating and positioning self;
  • Telling Stories of Place: discourse and narrative;
  • Culture: what is it?
  • Contested Space;
  • Social and ecological justice - creating space;
  • Knowledge - production/ right of enquiry;
  • Knowledge - reproduction;
  • Knowledge - interpretation;
  • Knowledge - transmission;
  • Country - territorial spatial expression/delineation; spiritual expression including relationship to space and features;
  • Contextualising expressions of community attitudes against the relevant zeitgeist and critiquing validity; and
  • Relationships of Power.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENM111 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflection on acknowledgement of country
Reflective journal
Critical comparison essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.