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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.

In 2020 Yolŋu languages and culture units are available under Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate of Arts, Master of Arts, and 6 week short courses (Introductory and Intermediate).

Studying on Campus

You are most welcome to attend the on-campus class in Blue precinct, Building 2.1.51 (click to open Casuarina campus map)

Semester 1 (2 Mar - 29 May 2020)  /  Semester 2 (20 Jul - 16 Oct 2020)
Undergraduate --- Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture (IAS161)  - Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Matha Conversation (IAS262) - Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Texts and Conversation (IA362)  - Wednesday
5:00-7:00PM
                            
Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (IAS162)  - Thursday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Literature (IAS261) and Language Translation and Protocols (IAS406) - Independent study under Yolŋu guidance

Postgraduate ---   Yolŋu Languages and Culture 1 (IAS541) - Tuesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 1 (IAS545) - Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 2 (IAS546)  - Wednesday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (IAS542) - Thursday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Literature (IAS543) and Indigenous Language Project (INL544) - Independent study under Yolŋu guidance

Studying Online

All Yolŋu languages and culture units are fully available for online study mode.

Semester 1 (2 Mar - 29 May 2020)  /  Semester 2 (20 Jul - 16 Oct 2020)

Undergraduate --- Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture (IAS161)  - Monday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Matha Conversation (IAS262) - Wednesday 9:00AM - 3:00PM (choose your one-hour blackboard session)
                             Yolŋu Texts and Conversation (IAS362)  - Wednesday
9:00AM - 3:00PM (choose your one-hour blackboard session)
                            
Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (IAS162)  - Thursday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Literature (IAS261) and Language Translation and Protocols (IAS406) - Independent study under Yolŋu guidance

Postgraduate ---   Yolŋu Languages and Culture 1 (IAS541) - Monday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Conversation 1 (IAS545) - Wednesday 9:00AM - 3:00PM
(choose your one-hour blackboard session)
 
                            Yolŋu Conversation 2 (IAS546)  - Wednesday 9:00AM - 3:00PM (choose your one-hour blackboard session)
                             Yolŋu Languages and Culture 2 (IAS542) - Thursday 5:00-7:00PM
                             Yolŋu Literature (IAS543) and Indigenous Language Project (INL544) - Independent study under Yolŋu guidance


6 week short courses

In 2020 Yolŋu Studies offers two short courses: Introductory and Intermediate learning of Yolŋu Languages and Culture for anyone interested in learning Yolŋu languages and culture. CDU micro credentials (aka digital badges and mini degrees) will be issued for the completion (6 weeks participation + translation assignments) of respective courses. For those who are keen to continue studying Yolŋu languages and culture, the completion of these two short courses entitles you to credit transfer into Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate of Arts, or Master of Arts at CDU.
Contact yolngustudies@cdu.edu.au for more information.