indigenous studies - Australian Catholic University

Short Term Program Portfolio
indigenous studies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Program Combine lectures, hands­on workshops and fieldtrips to explore the culture of indigenous Australians. Customise a 2­4 week Short Term Program and choose a variety of extension activities and learning areas to compliment the program Australian Catholic University
CRICOS Codes: 00004G, 00112C, 00873F, 00885B
Short Term Program
“Indigenous Studies”
Sample Itinerary:
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Program
This is a 36 hour program which can include additional extension activities where appropriate.
Day 1
Traditional welcome in Indigenous Reflection Space at Banyo, followed by small ritual.
Introduction to Aboriginal and Cultures. Topics include
• Origins
• The Dreaming and Spirituality of Aboriginal Australians
• Spiritual connection to land and sea
• Kinship system
Day 2
Continue lecture
• Social, Economic and Political Organisation
• Art, Craft and Bushfoods
• Contemporary life/keeping culture strong
Day 3
Workshops: Women – dance, Men – didgeridoo
Day 4
Review of culture through viewing film: “Ten Canoes”.
• Discussion of cultural factors explored in film
Day 5
Art workshop conducted by local Aboriginal artist in Reflection Space:
• Use of colours; symbols; styles in different areas e.g. dot painting; xray painting, construction of
individual art piece or group mural
Day 6 & 7
Day 8
Introduction to Torres Strait Islander Culture
• History and origins, spirituality, life on the islands, song and dance, learn “Taba Naba”, fishing
song, basket weaving demonstration
Visit to nearby Nudgee Waterholes and Ancient Bora Rings.
(Guide to explain significance of site and information about people of local areas, use of plants)
Teaching organization:
A combination of lectures, class discussions and case studies will be used.
Assessment procedures:
There will be 3 assessment tasks related to the above lectures and activities and include:
• Journal
• Essay
• Critical Review
Additional Field Trip
Further Extension
Visit to Boondall Wetlands and do Aboriginal walk
Visit to Ngutana Cultural Centre. Cultural activities including learning dance, bush food walk and
tasting, fire-making and boomerang throwing
Kap Murri (feast of food cooked underground)
Visit to Stradbroke Island, off coast near Brisbane and be taken on tour by local people to cultural
• Interaction with Australian wildlife: through visit to Australia Zoo (Sunshine Coast); Fleay’s Wildlife
Park (Gold Coast); Lone Pine Sanctuary (Indooroopilly, Brisbane)
• Participants might like to extend their stay by visiting Uluru (Central Desert) or Carnarvon Gorge
• Workshop on “Indigenous people and technology”, accessing Indigenous sites on the web,
interactive media on cultural studies. This would take place on campus in computer laboratory
• Visit to the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the Queensland State Library, guided tour and include
bbq lunch
• Visit to a local cultural event, depending on time of year. NAIDOC week in July has many activities,
art exhibition.
Alternative: customise a study program
Australian Catholic University
CRICOS Codes: 00004G, 00112C, 00873F, 00885B
A customised study program can be coordinated to meet your individual request.
April 2009