Course details

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational

Summary

Delivered by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, this Melbourne MicroCert will help you craft an original Acknowledgement of Country and give you a deeper awareness of Indigenous connection to place and Country.

You will be guided to write and present an Acknowledgement of Country that is culturally safe, grounded in place, and appropriate to your own position in Australian life. Learning in a way that uses the hand and mind working together, you will also engage in the creative activity of string-making. As you create, you will hear stories about how this practice represents the act of passing on knowledge, and how it was learnt and reawakened.

Acknowledgement of Country is the first in our Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series, which centres Indigenous approaches to learning and creating. Each Melbourne MicroCert in the series features an act of material making designed to spark conversation, develop cultural literacies and foster respectful engagement with Indigenous knowledge.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is designed to be valuable for a wide range of people. It will be useful to anyone seeking to deepen their own cultural awareness and promote respectful engagement with Indigenous cultures and communities.

It will be particularly beneficial for teachers and education professionals, arts workers and practitioners, community and cultural development workers and corporate, business or government leaders.

Key topics

Acknowledgement of Country offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledge approaches and frameworks of community, relationships and interconnectedness. You will explore topics such as:

Approaches to writing and presenting an Acknowledgement of Country
Indigenous creative and cultural practices and how to responsibly apply them
Research protocols and culturally appropriate approaches to knowledge-finding with communities.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

Reflect on diverse Indigenous creative and cultural practices and relationship to place.
Follow cultural protocols and identify materials and traditional Indigenous technologies from Country.
Respectfully and responsibly apply principles of cultural safety and respond to shared knowledge.

Learning experience

This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered entirely online, allowing you to learn in your own time, from a location that suits you. The creative skills and techniques will be demonstrated via short how-to videos, which you can stop and start at your own pace. Further knowledge and stories will be shared via a series of short podcasts and video interviews, designed for you to replay as you engage in the practice of making.

Workload

This Melbourne?MicroCert?involves a total time commitment of 42.5 hours. You will undertake nine hours of guided learning, an estimated 20 hours of independent study, and 13.5 hours dedicated to assessment activities.

Pathways to further study

Acknowledgement of Country can be taken as a standalone Melbourne?MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne?MicroCert?in the?Wilin Online Cultural Literacies series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series?include:

Reciprocal and responsible sharing of Indigenous Knowledge
Indigenous cultural and creative IP
Indigenous community research.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
990 Per Year Contact institution 8 weeks Self study / online (without attendance) The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
Australia

Entry criteria

There are no eligibility requirements to undertake this Melbourne MicroCert.

Address

The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
Australia
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