Indigenous Australians: The dreaming and relationships to country

Learn about the cultural richness and diversity of Indigenous Australians.
What’s it about?

The course will provide an introduction to the rich and diverse culture of Indigenous Australians. Understanding the basis of other cultures will build insights into your own culture, will open your mind to other cultures, and is important for working towards reconciliation with First Nations world-wide.

We introduce you to the Dreaming, relationships to country and Dreaming Stories, the classificatory system of kinship and the social organisation structures of Indigenous Australian communities which establish the relationship between people, totems and places in the landscape.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of Indigenous economic organisation and sustainable land management practices.

What will I learn?

 You will be introduced to the following topics:

  • The Dreaming and relationships to country

  • Classificatory system of kinship and the social organisation structures of Indigenous Australian communities which establish the relationship between people, totems and places in the landscape

  • Indigenous economic organisation and sustainable land management practices

What’s involved?

This course is designed as an introductory level to the Australian Indigenous culture and is self-paced allowing you flexibility in your study. You will work your way through readings and activities. Your learning is guided by a series of icons that reflect the importance of the Indigenous culture. For example, a campground signifies a place to stop, reflect or undertake a task. The clapsticks keep time to a song that contain important knowledge. They indicate key ideas.

Prerequisites?

Everyone is welcome to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are recommended with the ability to create a blog/journal for you to use during the course.  

Image credit: Nambassa Trust and Peter Terry,  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


Course Code: INDA101
Available: 14 December 2016
Type: Micro course

Credentialing:
Course Credit: Australian indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues
Credential: Elective subject for any degree at Charles Sturt University
Level: 1st year Bachelor’s