Walking on Earth

A different way of thinking through Indigenous issues in modern Australia. A Newington Elective.

Course Description

This course will be taught by PDHPE staff who will collaborate with experts in a range of fields.

In modern Australia it is now commonplace that we frequently pause to recognise the traditional owners of the lands on which we walk.

This course pushes beneath those words, to examine the Indigenous cultures that have lived on this continent for over 40,000 years.

It looks at the history, culture, sport and cuisine of our local Indigenous communities. Being on Gadigal land, it offers lots of opportunities to work with local groups, elders and communities to understand their cultures and the issues that they face. Students will have opportunities to work with artists, historians, chefs, and community leaders.

This course is a vibrant and hands-on way to understand Indigenous culture in this country.

Areas of study

  • The nature of Indigenous Australia
  • A History of Indigenous Australia
  • Aboriginal language and dialects
  • Indigenous sport and games
  • Nutrition and native foods

Modes of Assessment

  • Independent and collaborative research
  • Practical activities
  • Peer reviews
  • Problem solving activities

Links to the Broader Curriculum

  • Humanities and cultural issues
  • Language acquisition
  • IB Theory of Knowledge
  • HSC Studies of Religion
  • Politics