IKC400 Wiradjuri Culture and Heritage (8)


This subject focuses on developing student knowledge of the cultural heritage of the Wiradjuri people. Students will explore topics related to the restoration of Wiradjuri intellectual and cultural knowledge as far as it is presently available as part of the restoration of Wiradjuri freedom to be human, unique and different.

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Session 2
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC400
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Indigenous Studies

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate specialised knowledge of the depth of Indigenous systems of knowledge and be able to apply this knowledge in a range of professional/community contexts
  • Be able to critically examine the diversity of histories of Indigenous Nations through a variety of sources and perspective, particularly Wiradjuri perspectives
  • Be able to critically examine and reflect on the experiences and impact of State and Federal Government policies and practices on Wiradjuri people
  • Be able to analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of Wiradjuri kinship and family relationships and apply this knowledge in a range of professional/ community contexts
  • Be able to think critically and generate ideas to provide solutions to problems associated with the concept of identity.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Images of Wiradjuri History; What is History? Whose History? What is Wiradjuri history?
  • The Nature of Cultural Difference: Family and Relationships and Focus
  • Understanding the Cosmos: Living the Dreaming
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge: Understandings of The Environment
  • Australian Languages: The Big Picture
  • Art, Myth, Meanings and Religion
  • Issues of Health and Economy: The Australian Indigenous Experience and Wiradjuri Experience
  • Self-Determination: and the Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Identity and Population: Who defines Wiradjuri Identity?
  • The Issues of two laws in one land

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. The Residential School is compulsory for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language and Cultural Heritage. It 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. It will form an integral part of the remainder of this subject. Indigenous Australian students may be eligible to apply for ‘away from base’ funding to support them for the period of the Residential School. The residential school period will normally be established as consecutive days (5 in total) in a single residential school period.


The information contained in the 2014 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 29 April 2014. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.