IKC402 Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development (8)

In this subject students will learn about, and operate within Wiradjuri community protocols. Students will 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. This subject includes a 50 hour community placement where students will undertake activities suggested by the community and engage with the knowledge, history, language and culture of that community, and 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.


Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language Culture and Heritage

IKC301 and IKC400 and IKC401
Subject Relationships
EPT454 This subject is not available to students who have completed EPT454.
Incompatable Subjects
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of, and act according to, Wiradjuri community protocols
  • be able to apply the body of knowledge relating to acting according to Wiradjuri community protocols in Wiradjuri community contexts
  • be able to think critically and analytically about the role of leadership in the Wiradjuri community
  • be able to critically reflect on past practices that have impacted on the Wiradjuri community
  • be able to critically reflect on the intergenerational consequences of colonization, dispossession and dislocation
  • be able to identify opportunities for community service and development, and nation rebuilding and plan, negotiate and implement a program that contributes to the realization of these opportunities
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1- Act according to Wiradjuri Cultural protocols
  • Module 2- Communicate effectively in a Wiradjuri cultural context
  • Module 3- Contribute to Wiradjuri Nation rebuilding through participation and work in a Wiradjuri cultural community context.
  • Professional Study in Wiradjuri Community Development
  • - approximately 10-15 hours community orientation with the community mentor
  • - approximately 10-15 hours preparation for the community project
  • - approximately 10-15 hours community participation
Workplace Learning
This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The duration of the Workplace Learning is: 10 daysDescription of Workplace Learning Students will spend 50 hours in the Wiradjuri community as a resource for, and as a service to, this community. The 50 hours may be configured as 5 hours per week over 10 weeks or in a configuration negotiated with the subject coordinator.


Residential School
This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory 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. 2 x 5 day residentials will be held for IKC402.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 5 days with 10 days attendance highly recommended.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.