Base Cultural Awareness
The University of Wollongong offers a host of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness and cultural immersion training programs scattered through its University offerings, along with many subjects that include Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and content.
The Indigenous Strategy Unit (ISU) has been tasked with and is working towards a streamlined approach to the access and delivery of training packages. Currently, the ISU provides access to and updates various resources that can support your cultural awareness journey to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. These resources are to support education and exposure for individuals and teams at various levels of cultural, historical and contemporary understanding and knowledge.
AIATSIS - CORE Cultural Learning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia
The University of Wollongong have partnered with AIATSIS to deliver you a comprehensive, reflective and self-paced baseline cultural awareness course. This interactive course is designed to enhance cultural capability across UOW and build greater awareness of the vast history and cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Core Cultural Learning contains 10 modules of approximately 45 minutes each. Each module contains a variety of videos and quality resources that provide a foundation for understanding of traditional knowledges, cultural expression and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Further information can be found on Unified.
Cultural Immersion Program
Jindaola is UOW’s very own transformational cultural immersion program. It targets academic and professional cohorts of staff to engage them in a transformation journey. Jindaola is facilitated by a local Traditional Knowledge Holder and established in consultation with local Aboriginal community. It engages participants in an Aboriginal way towards Curriculum and workplace activity. Curriculum Reconciliation in a professional learning context describes a process of taking participants on a journey on Country to decolonise thinking and begin to engage in the negotiation of authentic knowledge-based relationships between Aboriginal Knowledge’s and the relevant disciplinary knowledge’s.
UOW have an extensive number of courses and subjects embedded throughout its degrees within all faculties. Many of which have been recognised as best practice in their respective fields and are designed to lead to a deep cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Such subjects and courses, offered in all faculties, have strong cultural underpinnings and prepare students for disciplines in which graduates will be working with Aboriginal peoples. UOW’s Jindaola subjects also provide another layer of cultural awareness, with embedded Aboriginal knowledge’s and perspectives that are available for students to enrol in throughout their academic journeys.