BUILDers learn about the beautiful culture and tragic history of Indigenous Australia and how they can be part of the movement to create change.
UTS BUILD offers an Indigenous cultural awareness training course. The course has been really popular with BUILDers – let’s hear why.
Miranda said, “I wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture and history in Australia as I felt my knowledge was not well rounded enough.”
Namita, an international student, wanted to understand a broader Australian history. “and not just its British, colonisation history.”
What have BUILDers learnt in the course?
Charlotte was moved by the “beautiful culture and tragic history of Indigenous Australian peoples.”
Here’s Miranda again: “I learnt in-depth many aspects of Indigenous culture including The Dreaming, The Lore, Dance, Song, Paintings and their inextricable tie to Country.”
Christopher was particular struck by the explanation of Indigenous culture as a ‘high context’ culture in which “relationships are valued first, then the message second.” He went on: “I also appreciated how sustainability is built into their culture and how men and women are treated equally.”
“I learnt in-depth many aspects of Indigenous culture including The Dreaming, The Lore, Dance, Song, Paintings and their inextricable tie to Country.”Miranda
BUILD aims to improve the intercultural competency of students so they can engage, communicate and work with people from a range of backgrounds and beliefs. We strongly believe this begins at home (or right where you are now) and for Australia, this includes indigenous culture, as much as it includes our multicultural immigrant history.
Lelita explained, “learning about other cultures such as the Indigenous people’s culture helps us understand different perspectives in the world we live. It stops negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups and people.”
This appreciation for indigenous culture then leads to action in the world.
Priyanga was, “inspired to take leadership to ensure that the inequities that currently exist are broken down for all Indigenous people and minority groups of Australia.”