ABS3EAV: Encountering Aboriginal Victoria – places still open

Places are still available for the exciting summer subject ABS3EAV: Encountering Aboriginal Australia – Parallel Systems of Knowledge.

This subject is open to all students and will include:

  • Initial subject reading and assessment
  • A three day intensive residential block in Shepparton and three days ‘On Country’ in the Barmah area
  • Final Assessment

An introductory workshop will be held and video-conferenced to all campuses on 13 November 2017, 10am to 4pm.

The intensive residential block component will be held 3-8 December 2017.

You will be introduced to a wide range of Aboriginal topics that relate to the area of Shepparton and surrounding areas. The teaching component will be delivered by some of La Trobe’s leading academics in Aboriginal studies, who will cover topics in history, archaeology, anthropology and politics. You 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 at La Trobe University in Shepparton, you 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. You will gain an understanding of Aboriginal people practicing culture and knowledge on their traditional lands today.

‘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

What does it cost?

The cost is $220 per student which includes two nights’ accommodation at Barmah, cultural tours and bus trips. Students are expected to purchase most meals at their own expense, in addition to this cost. Standard subject fees also apply (deferral to HECS-HELP is available for eligible students). Students are expected to organise their own accommodation in Shepparton. You may opt to book at the Quest in Shepparton at a reduced rate. If you would like to do this, contact us for more information.

Before enrolling, please consider if you are able to be away from home for five days with potential family and work commitments, and ensure you can cover the costs. Standard rules for enrolling and withdrawing apply.

Limited places are available (50 students only). Get in quick so you don’t miss out! For all enquiries and enrolments, please email us.