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Australian Indigenous Culture and Environment
Get hands-on field experience in the remote Outback studying the natural relationship between Indigenous cultures and resource management in Australia’s Northern Territory. Designed for students interested in anthropology and environmental studies, this hybrid program combines 5 weeks of online lessons with an 8-day study abroad experience and field researching while camping at the incredible Kakadu National Park. Held in conjunction with Charles Darwin University (CDU), a leader in Indigenous studies, the unique program allows students to immerse themselves in the course content and gain on-the-ground experience to receive college credit while also benefiting from a lower cost and shorter time commitment abroad than most study abroad programs.
Enjoy the opportunity to study abroad in Australia with a lower program cost and shortened schedule while earning full course credit
Spend 8 days in Australia getting hands-on field experience studying amongst the oldest living culture on Earth combined with online lessons both before and after your travels
Travel between a traditional university campus in Alice Springs to the sprawling Kakadu National Park, lauded for its rich biodiversity and ancient Aboriginal rock paintings
Study at an innovative university quickly becoming known for its commitment to social justice, sustainability and creativity while supporting Indigenous students and studies
About the course
This course is taught online and via an 8-day field trip in Australia. The course begins the week prior to the field trip and runs for 4 weeks post field trip.
CIK240 Indigenous Culture and Environment
This unit explores the nature and contemporary expression of the unique and enduring associations that exist between Indigenous people, their cultures and the natural environment. Contextual understandings of the natural environment drawn from different Indigenous traditions are characterized and compared to develop an appreciation of and respect for the diversity and complexity of different knowledge traditions. Through exposure to different ontological understandings of relationships to land and sea, students analyze and critique the role and impact these different ways of knowing have on the contemporary management of natural and cultural resources. Students are expected to reflect critically upon the way in which an understanding of and respect for different ways of knowing the natural environment can shape their own professional practice, particularly in the environment sciences and natural resources management.
- Describe and characterize key aspects of the ways in which Indigenous people see their relationship to and role within the natural environment.
- Identify and critique the implications of different ways of characterizing relationships to the natural environment have on the use and management of natural and cultural resources.
- Analyze the impact of Indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary western scientific knowledge speaking to each other in relation to the management of natural and cultural resources.
- Make recommendations about the way in which Indigenous understandings of and relationship to the natural environment could influence professional practice, particularly as an environmental manager or resource manager.
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Greg Williams is the Assistant Dean Learning Futures in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University. He has worked as a lecturer affiliated with CDU for over 25 years both in vocational education and training and higher education related to Indigenous and intercultural education. His interests lie in exploring appropriate pedagogies in intercultural contexts, particularly for Indigenous people learning in the field of natural and cultural resource management, and issues related to knowledge-making in intercultural contexts.
Transcripts & Credits
This course is taught by Charles Darwin University in Australia. The transcript will be provided by Charles Darwin University. CDU is an Australian government university established in 2003.
Field Trip Itinerary
Jump right into putting what you’ve learned into practice meeting with your group upon arrival in Alice Springs and being introduced to the upcoming fieldwork. The first few days will be held at CDU with classroom sessions covering introductory epistemological work, colonizing practices in knowledge-making, complementarity in knowledge systems and more. The next four days are spent camping in Kakadu National Park, partaking in a variety of different experiences with local experts to understand the ways in which knowledge-making can be characterized.
The last day is spent at the CDU campus for a debrief. Throughout it all, the field trip is designed to be informal, engaging and introduce you to new ways of thinking in a completely new-to-you setting!
- 2.5 GPA
- Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education.
In Darwin students will stay at International House Darwin in dorm-style accommodation, just steps away from campus and minutes from the beach. Each room has a bed, desk, wardrobe and personal fridge along with a communal bathroom and kitchen.
Kakadu National Park
In Kakadu National Park, students will be camping. All equipment will be provided.
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from January for Summer applications. Earlier applications will be accepted. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
This program not running for Summer 2021. Please check back for future available terms.
|Application Deadline||March 1|
|Field Trip Begins||June 21|
|Field Trip Ends||June 29|
2020 program fees
Program fees: $2,700
- Tuition (4-credits on a Charles Darwin University transcript)
- Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff including pre-departure guidance for students
What’s Not Included
- Airfares (Budget approx $1,850 – 2,200)
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