Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
International 1,043.00

The unit is designed to give an introduction to the life and language of Yolngu people in Northeast Arnhemland. The course concentrates on Yolngu Matha (Yolngu language) forms of Dhuwala and focuses on the everyday community version of the language. A basic grounding in the sounds of the languages, the grammar, and a basic vocabulary will give grounding for the learning of other Yolngu languages. Moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies, and how these relate together, will be presented.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe aspects of Yolngu people life, their languages and history
  2. develop a beginning understanding of key concepts of Yolngu life
  3. develop a basic understanding of the Yolngu and gurrutu (kinship) systems
  4. develop a basic knowledge of the sounds, spelling and pronunciation of the Yolngu languages
  5. develop a basic understanding of grammar.
  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (10%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 (30%)
  • Assignment 5 (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Key concepts from Yolngu life
2Yolngu kinship
3Pronunciation of Yolngu languages
4Spelling Yolngu languages
5Yolngu towns and homelands
6Other topics include: Yolngu ancestors, crafts, foods, housing, Macassans, missionaries,
7Every week students will be expected to learn new vocabulary

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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