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Graduate Certificate in Yolngu Studies (GCYS)

About the Course
This course is designed to give an introduction to the life and languages of the Yolngu people in North East Arnhemland. The course concentrates on Yolngu Matha (Yolngu language) forms of Dhuwala, and focuses on the everyday community version of the language. A basic grounding in the sounds of the languages, grammar and basic vocabulary provides a grounding for the development of conversation ability and the learning of other Yolngu languages. Moeity systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creations stories, songs, art and ceremonies and how these relate together are also presented. The independent studies unit allows students an opportunity to focus on topics of personal interest. This course would suit professionals (particularly in the areas of health and education), government workers, researchers and workers in Yolngu communities. The course includes an online component and requires access to the internet.


Course Structure
The course comprises of one Core unit: Introduction to Yolngu Languages and Culture, plus 3 Specialist units of study selected from: Yolngu Languages and Culture 2, Yolngu Life and Literature, Yolngu Matha Conversation, Yolngu Texts and Conversation, and Independent Study in Yolngu Languages and Culture. Students with a good project and a good study background may also be eligible to enrol in: Independent Research in Indigenous Issues Part A, Independent Research in Indigenous Issues Part B.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points.


Professional Recognition
This course will enable students to work towards achieving professional recognition by becoming an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Career Opportunities

This course is designed for professionals (particularly in health and education sectors), government workers, researchers and workers on Yolngu communities


There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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