Subject: Encountering Aboriginal Vic

ABS3EAV: Encountering Aboriginal Victoria – Parallel Systems of Knowledge

Are you looking to complete a subject outside of normal semester hours? Do you have an interest in learning about Aboriginal Victoria? Then this summer intensive block mode subject held at Shepparton Campus may be just what you're looking for. 

Students will be introduced to a wide range of Aboriginal topics in Shepparton and surrounding areas. The teaching component will be delivered by some of our leading academics in Aboriginal studies who will cover topics in history, archaeology, anthropology and politics. Students will gain an understanding of historical and contemporary Aboriginal society and culture and will be able to engage with diverse academic literature.

In addition to the teaching component, students will have the added 'On Country' experience including travel to the Barmah Forest to meet and hear from representatives of the local Aboriginal community and involvement in locally-run cultural programs. Students will gain an understanding of Aboriginal people practicing culture and knowledge on their traditional lands today.

Subject details

ABS3EAV: Encountering Aboriginal Victoria – Parallel Systems of Knowledge

This subject is worth 15 credit points. It will include initial subject reading and assessment, four days intensive residential block in Shepparton and three days 'On Country' in the Barmah area, as well as final assessment.

A compulsory introductory workshop will be held in Shepparton and video-conferenced to other campuses on Friday 12 December 2014, 9 am4 pm.


11 – 17 January 2015. Before enrolling, please consider if you are able to be away from home for seven days and to ensure you can cover the costs.


$398.70 per student, which includes three nights accommodation in Shepparton and three nights accommodation in Barmah. It also includes cultural tours, transportation during stay and some meals. 

If accommodation is not required in Shepparton, the cost is $184.95. 

Standard subject fees also apply.


Students need to contact the Subject Coordinator, Julie Andrews to seek eligibility:

To enrol and to pay fees, please contact Rikke Mazzella:

Limited places are available and standard rules for enrolling and withdrawing apply.

 "I think this is the most worthwhile subject I have ever taken part in. I thought I had a good understanding of the Indigenous culture and history of Australia until I took part in "Encountering Aboriginal Victoria". The experience was life changing and definitely the most fun I have ever had at uni. If you have the chance to do it....Do it."    
                                                                                                                      Tara, 2013.

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