Indigenous knowledge & culture ANU/CDU exchange program

Njanjma Ranger, Ursula Badari shares knowledge with students in Arnhemland, near Gunbalanyah, NT. Photo credit: Greg Williams Njanjma Ranger, Ursula Badari shares knowledge with students in Arnhemland, near Gunbalanyah, NT. Photo credit: Greg Williams ANU students in the field - Kakadu sunset
10 February 2020

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?

ANU biology and health and medicine students now have the opportunity to enrol in an intensive course in Indigenous culture & knowledge at Charles Darwin University in Darwin during the winter break of July 2020 (between Semester 1 and 2). The CDU course counts as an elective toward your ANU degree. You will enrol in this course 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. Travel grants are available.

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 and activities 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.

How to apply

To apply for a travel grant to attend the Darwin-based intensive CIK240, 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. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a short interview at ANU in Semester 1.

  • Application Open 1 Feb 2020 and close 15 March 2020
  • Shortlist and interview ~ 19-27 March 2020
  • Students to be notify by end of March
  • The intensive CIK240 will be held in Darwin during 21-29 June 2020.

Applications are open to students who have successfully completed 24 units of BIOL/HLTH/MEDN courses.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a short interview.

To apply to enrol in this winter intensive courses, you will need to complete a cross-institutional enrolment: form.  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. The course 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.