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Faculty of Arts and Society


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The Faculty of Arts and Society partners with organisations, industry and government to build more sustainable and resilient communities. Collaborating with our faculty provides the opportunity to have an impact and contribute to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Indigenous people and communities around the world. 

To find out more about how we can work with you, contact: 

Pro Vice-Chancellor: Professor Ruth Wallace 

Quality Manager : Bek Burnett

Professional development in law 

Our law professors regularly provide training for the legal profession and other stakeholders on current local, national and international legal issues and frameworks. This includes: 

  • advocacy 

  • expert evidence 

  • human rights issues 

  • online legal education 

  • International trade / corporate responsibility.

Legal clinics 

Legal Clinic is a specialist elective law unit that offers students the opportunity to gain real-world legal experience in a professional environment. Students undertaking this unit have the opportunity to extend their existing knowledge and skills in a clinical legal setting under the supervision of a legal practitioner. Completing a legal placement will allow students to develop critical insights into law practice and practical skills that will help prepare them for the transition to professional work. 

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Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance

This annual oration honours The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC service to the people of the Northern Territory and his contribution to law, tertiary education and to the community. 

The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC's long and distinguished career includes, amongst others,  his appointment to the Queen's Council, Judge of the Family Court of Australia, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory as well as Chief Justice of the Northern Territory.

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Centre for Youth and Community Music

The Centre for Youth and Community Music offers affordable music instruction for students of all ages - children and adults. We provide instrumental, vocal and theory tuition as well as a diverse and exciting range of ensemble programs.

Students work with local music professionals and leading visiting musicians, all of whom are committed to sharing their musical knowledge and experience.

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Chinese Garden

Confucius Institute

CDU's Confucius Institute focuses on teaching Chinese language and culture through innovative new media and creative arts technologies. We utilise online flexible learning technologies as well as traditional face-to-face classrooms.

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Batchelor Institute

We collaborate with the Batchelor Institute, a unique educational facility that caters specifically for the needs of Indigenous people. Under its both-ways philosophy, the Institute provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to a mainstream education system.

Through our partnership with the Batchelor Institute, Indigenous students can access specialist support in a culturally safe environment.

Courses available are the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching, Primary or Secondary) or Bachelor of Educational Studies.

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We aim to develop innovative approaches to teaching and research around the development of ideas, curriculum design, and artistic expression. 

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Leading interdisciplinary teaching and research to create meaningful outcomes and impact in STEM and arts-related areas

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Speech and Language Therapy


We aim to empower students, staff and the broader community to transform cultural, linguistic and social barriers through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and research.

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 Growing Our Own

Growing Our Own is a joint project between CDU and Catholic Education, Northern Territory (CENT). Our vision is to graduate qualified Indigenous teachers for remote Indigenous schools whilst maintaining the intercultural aspirations of Indigenous communities in the NT.

Since its inception in 2009, Growing Our Own has offered significant research and professional development opportunities around best practices in both-ways teaching and learning.

We utilise a holistic approach to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) along with a unique blend of pastoral and academic case management and a place-based emphasis, whereby pre-service teachers study in situ in their home communities while working as assistant teachers.

Growing Our Own is a clear success story. Between 2009 - 2016 the program saw 54 students from remote Indigenous communities commence study, with 74% retention and 90% employment rates; considerably higher than national standards.


Contact Growing Our Own

Cris Edmonds-Wathen
Growing Our Own Coordinator
T: (08) 8946 7739

Amanda Sandery
Project Officer
T: (08) 8946 7072

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