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Study Yolŋu Studies at CDU

Yolŋu from Arnhemland and other people from around Australian and the world study Yolŋu languages and culture at Charles Darwin University. We work with, and under the guidance and approval of the Advisors to the Yolŋu Studies Program. The Advisors live in Yolŋu towns and homelands communities and include Waymamba, Djuwa****ŋu, Ṉäkarrma, Banyawarra, Nirrpurandji, Maratja, and Dh***gaḻ.

Students learn Yolŋu culture and kinship as well as language. It is impossible to learn one without the other. Non-Yolŋu students start by learning about Gupapuyŋu language and culture. Later they learn about the life, land and language of other groups of people, such as Dhuwal, Dhaŋu, Djaŋu and Djinba. Yolŋu students study their own languages and connections to the Yolŋu world. You can find Unit overviews here

In 2017 Diploma of Yolŋu Studies, Graduate Certificate in Yolŋu Studies, Non-accredited Study are all available.

Studying at Casuarina Campus

You are most welcome to attend the on-campus class in Blue precinct, Building 3. Following is the class timetable for semester 1 and 2 in 2017;

Semester 1
Undergraduate --- Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture (CAS110)  --- Wednesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Matha Conversation (CAS206) --- Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Texts and Conversation (CAS305)  --- Tuesday
5:00-7:00PM
                            
Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (CAS111) is available --- Thursday 5:00-6:30PM

Postgraduate ---   Yolŋu Languages and Culture 1 (CAS501) - Wednesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 1 (CAS521) --- Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 2 (CAS522)  --- Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (CAS502) is available on Thursday 5:00-6:30PM

Semester 2
Undergraduate --- Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture (CAS110)  --- Wednesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Matha Conversation (CAS206) --- Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Texts and Conversation (CAS305)  --- Tuesday
5:00-7:00PM
                            
Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (CAS111) is available --- Thursday 5:00-6:30PM

Postgraduate ---   Yolŋu Languages and Culture 1 (CAS501) - Wednesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 1 (CAS521) --- Tuesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 2 (CAS522)  --- Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (CAS502) is available on Thursday 5:00-6:30PM

For further units details, please go to Unit Information.

Studying Online

Both Diploma of Yolŋu Studies and Graduate Certificate in Yolŋu Studies are fully available for online study mode.

Short Course

In 2018, Yolŋu Studies will be offering a short course: Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture as six-weeks miscellaneous study mode for anyone who is interested in learning Yolŋu languages and culture. Upon the completion of your study, a certificate of attendance will be issued. Also with successful completion of an assignment set in the final week of the course, you are eligible to apply for the Diploma of Yolŋu Studies. Contact yolngustudies@cdu.edu.au for more information.