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Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage

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Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage

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Join in the process of reconciliation and help build capacity in the Wiradjuri community. CSU's Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage introduces you to the Wiradjuri language and develops your capacity to make a positive contribution working in and supporting Indigenous communities.

The only university course of its kind offered in Australia, the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage may suit you if you work with the Wiradjuri community or you wish to increase your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous language and culture.

  • Why study this course?

    This unique course aims to help Wiradjuri and non-Wiradjuri people preserve the community's language and culture for generations to come. It provides skills in using and teaching the Wiradjuri language in community and educational settings, and empowers you to work with the Wiradjuri community in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways.

    Wiradjuri Community

    This course has been developed in conjunction with the Wiradjuri Council of Elders and community members. You'll have the opportunity to engage with Wiradjuri Elders, community members and service providers throughout the course.

    Cultural awareness and insight

    This course raises your awareness of the need to reverse the centuries of deficit caused by colonisation, dislocation and dispossession, and increases your knowledge of the culture, heritage and history of the Wiradjuri nation. It furthers your ability to analyse and think critically and constructively about factors that promote or impede Indigenous nation rebuilding.

    Practical skills

    Four residential schools held at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus will provide an introduction to the subjects. You will develop your capacity to hold conversations in Wiradjuri and broaden your skills by completing a community development project.

    Online study

    This course is offered as a combination of online study and face-to-face residential schools. Online delivery means you can study from anywhere and access lectures, tutorials, library support and student support when it suits you.

    Indigenous Student Centres

    CSU's Indigenous Student Centres welcome, value and support all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their pursuit of higher learning. We have many committed and professional staff available to assist and support you to achieve academic success from pre-enrolment through to graduation.

  • Career opportunities

    Your Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage will give you a heightened cultural awareness to help you interact with the Wiradjuri community and other Indigenous communities in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways. These skills may be useful in areas as diverse as education, government and business. With an added Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, you could teach the Wiradjuri language in TAFE institutions, non-TAFE providers, community settings and community organisations. If you are a qualified school teacher, you could add Indigenous language as a second teaching area.

  • Workplace learning

    A professional community placement gives students the opportunity to work with the Wiradjuri community. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a community mentor and members of the Wiradjuri community to identify, negotiate, plan and implement a project which seeks to build the capacity of the community in practical and contributory ways. Students will undertake 50 hours of community placement where they will they will participate in community activities and engage with the knowledge, history, language and culture of that community. Through these activities students will gain experiential insights that will allow them to contribute to the building of better lives and futures for members of that community.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development
    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 32 points comprising four core subjects. All subjects have a value of 8 points, and are as follows:

    IKC301 Wiradjuri Language
    IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    IKC401 Rebuilding Australia’s Indigenous Nations
    IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development
     

    KEY SUBJECT
    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Key subjects for the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage are as follows:

    IKC301 Wiradjuri Language

    Enrolment pattern

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    IKC301 Wiradjuri Language

    Year 1 - Session 2
    IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage

    Year 1 - Session 3
    IKC401 Rebuilding Australia’s Indigenous Nations

    Year 2 - Session 1
    IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development
     

    SESSION 2 (July) commencement -  

    Year 1 - Session 2
    IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage

    Year 1 - Session 3
    IKC401 Rebuilding Australia's Indigenous Nations

    Year 2 - Session 1
    IKC301 Wiradjuri Language

    Year 2 - Session 2
    IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development

  • Residential schools

    This course has a compulsory five-day residential school that will build on students' previous knowledge of Wiradjuri language. Its main focus will be to develop students' capacity to hold conversations with one another in Wiradjuri. Indigenous students may be eligible for Away From Base funding to support them for the period of the residential school with such expenses as accommodation and travel.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    IKC301 Wiradjuri Language
    IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage
    IKC401 Rebuilding Australia's Indigenous Nations
    IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development

  • Admission information

    Admission to the program is contingent upon:

    • successful completion of Certificate III in Aboriginal Language or equivalent, and a personal statement documenting relevant professional or community expertise and/or experience.
      or
    • a personal statement documenting relevant professional or community expertise and/or experience.  Examples of relevant professional or community expertise and/or experience could include: professional engagement with members of the Wiradjuri people in either paid employment or in a voluntary capacity; teaching Wiradjuri language in TAFE, VET private providers or schools; people working with, or in, the Wiradjuri community in social, support or other capacities.
      or
    • a degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationDubboCGSYNNEEWC

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must complete 32 credit points at Pass level or above.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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