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 Watching the sunset at Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo by Madeleine Symon. Watching the sunset at Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Photo by Madeleine Symon.
13 March 2019

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 travel grants to undertake an exchange program at Charles Darwin University in Darwin during the winter break of July 2020. Applications will open 1 February 2020.

ANU students can now enrol in intensive courses in Indigenous culture & knowledge at Charles Darwin University, undertaken during the Winter Break July 2020 (between Semester 1 and 2). The CDU course counts as an elective toward your ANU degree. 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. Travel Grants are available to cover all or part of your costs.

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.

Online language courses

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 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
  • Students to be notify by end of March.

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

The applications will be assessed by a committee, and shortlisted candidates are 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. 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. 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.