Bond University offers micro-credential “Becoming Culturally Aware”

25 January 2024

Australia Day is January 26, and as part of Bond University’s commitment to being a more inclusive and respectful organization that values diversity, all students (and staff) now have access to Bond’s free online micro-credential “Becoming Culturally Aware.”

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The micro-credential was created by the Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance and our Bond University Elder, Uncle John Graham. Uncle John Graham, Aunty Mary Graham, Uncle Ted Williams, Craig Williams, and Clinton Brewer have worked together to create this valuable legacy.

About the “Becoming Culturally Aware” Micro-credential Course

Strengthen your cultural capability with this online micro-credential developed in partnership with the Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA). Through a series of engaging and informative modules, you will gain a richer understanding of the vast history, customs, and cultural protocols of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the Yugambeh language people, and learn to deliver a meaningful Acknowledgement of Country.

Duration: 4 – 10 hours

Module 1: Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
Understand and reflect on the differences between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgment of Country. Learn the importance of cultural protocols and gain an understanding of when it is appropriate for either or both of these to be performed.

Module 2: Pre-colonization
Learn about life for pre-colonization Indigenous Australian peoples, including how they came to be Indigenous, ancient governance systems, and their ways of living.

Module 3: Post-settlement
Review and reflect on the six policies that were implemented after colonization in 1788 and the impact they had on First Nation Australians.

Module 4: Yugambeh Country
Learn about Indigenous culture, specifically on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, or what is known as the Yugambeh language region.

Course Goals & Objectives
By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • identify the differences between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country
  • list the elements of an acknowledgement and welcome
  • recall the cultural significance of a Welcome to Country and importance of an Acknowledgement of Country
  • understand the pre-colonization governance system
  • identify the differences between law and lore
  • identify the differences between western and Indigenous logic
  • outline key facts around the six policies implemented after colonization in 1788
  • understand the general Indigenous history and sacred sites of the Gold Coast
  • identify important aspects of ecology for Indigenous peoples
  • list the important seasonal changes for Indigenous peoples

Studying at Bond University

Bond’s personalized approach to education combined with its uncompromising focus on industry relevance sets Bond University apart from every other Australian university. As a Bond student, you will thrive in smaller study groups where eminent professors and industry-experienced lecturers know you by name.

Bond also runs three full semesters a year, with intakes in January, May, and September. This means you can complete a postgraduate degree in law, physiotherapy, or occupational therapy in just 2 years (Degrees: Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Laws, Doctor of Physiotherapy, Master of Occupational Therapy).

Canadians often say that one of the best things about studying at Bond is the social life. With a much smaller student population than other universities, it’s easy to meet others from Australia and around the world!

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