Indigenous knowledge & culture ANU/CDU exchange program

Wednesday 13 March 2019
Working on Country winning photograph, by the Djelk Ranger group from Maningrida:

Would you like to learn more about Indigenous Australian culture and knowledge?

Would you like to experience travel in northern Australia, including Darwin and Kakadu National Park?

The Research School of Biology is offering up to 8 travel grants to undertake an exchange program at Charles Darwin University in Darwin during the winter break of July 2019.

Please apply online.

Image right:Working on Country, winning photograph, by the Djelk Ranger group from Maningrida:

About the program

ANU Biology students can now enrol in intensive courses in Indigenous culture & knowledge at Charles Darwin University, undertaken during the Winter Break July 2019. The CDU course counts as an elective toward your ANU degree. Travel Grants are available to cover all or part of your costs.

What courses can you take?

CDU is offering two different intensive courses to ANU biology students, running from the Darwin campus during the break between Semester 1 and 2. You will enrol in these courses under a cross-institutional enrolment arrangement, so any tuition fees will be paid directly to CDU, and all teaching and assessment will be conducted by CDU staff.

CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment explores the enduring associations between Indigenous people, their cultures and the natural environment. This is an introductory course that will give a broad overview of Indigenous understanding of the natural and the role of indigenous knowledge in the contemporary management of natural and cultural resources. The course will include online preparation (including required reading before travel), several days of intensive Darwin-based learning activities, followed by several days field work and travel in Kakadu National Park, followed by concluding activities in Darwin,  then completion of online assessment activities from Canberra, with support from CDU staff.

CAS110 Top end intensive: Introduction to Yolngu language and culture gives a broad overview of the life and language of Yolngu people in Northeast Arnhem land, including basic grounding in the sounds, grammar and vocabulary, as well as important cultural understanding such as moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies.

In addition, you can undertake a fully online course introducing the language and culture of the Bininj people of West Arnhem Land. The course will focus on the Kunwinjku language, spoken in Gunbalanya and understood widely across the region. The course is delivered fully online, with no set lecture or tutorial times, but there will be opportunity for students to practise what they’ve learnt with a native speaker of the language via phone or Skype. The course is offered under the authority of the language committee of the Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre. This is run from CDU but would not require travel to Darwin: ANU students can use an ANU course code for this online program:

How to apply

To apply for a travel grant to attend the Darwin-based intensives, you need to fill in an online application form. You will need to provide 400 words or fewer on why you think this course is relevant to your studies or future activities. You also have the opportunity to give us other information that may be relevant to your application, such as financial hardship. The applications will be assessed by a committee, and shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a short interview.

To apply to enrol in these winter intensive courses, you need to complete a cross-institutional enrolment: form. Enrolment is not contingent on travel funding: you are welcome to enrol as a self-funded student. This course is run by Charles Darwin University, and they will have the right to accept or refuse students, and to set minimum and maximum enrolment numbers for these courses. Either or both courses may not run if there are insufficient enrolments. All students will be responsible for completing the relevant cross-institutional enrolment paperwork, paying the appropriate fees, and arranging their own travel, including transport, accommodation, subsistence, travel insurance etc.

Contact Panit Thamsongsana for details on how to apply for these courses and the travel grants.

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