Yolngu Languages and Culture 2 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit is an extension of ABY11 but with a focus on Gupapuyngu, a Dhuwala language. Students will continue to develop oral fluency in the language as well as develop research interest in a Yolngu language. The presentation of Yolngu life and language will not be in a purely anthropological or linguistic form, as this approach does not do justice to the Yolngu world of experience.

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

  1. develop a working basic understanding of the key concepts of Yolngu life
  2. develop a working understanding of the Yolngu mälk and gurrutu (kinship) systems
  3. develop a working knowledge of the sounds, spelling and pronunciation of the Yolngu languages
  4. develop a working knowledge of Yolngu grammar, and ability to use 'Grammar Lessons in Gupapuyngu' as a reference tool.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 (20%)
  • Assignment 5 (20%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Yolngu towns and homelands
2Yolngu bush foods
3Yolngu kinship
4Basket and fire making
5Yolngu and missionaries
6Yolngu ancestors
7Gupapuyngu grammar of will be covered sequentially throughout the semester

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Grammar Lessons in Gupapuynu


    ISBN: 9780980384666


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