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Our courses equip students to navigate complex environments and make an impact locally and globally. 

We educate the next generation of teachers by providing courses from academic foundations and initial teacher education to provide valuable professional placement experience.


Indigenous Futures

Help to ensure the advancement, transmission and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems.


We pride ourselves in producing work-ready graduates capable of creating high-quality teaching and learning environments.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Analyse worldwide issues such as globalisation and social and political change.

Humanitarian & Disaster Resilience

Make a real difference locally and globally.

Creative Industries & Innovation

Take advantage of industry demand for graduates in the Creative Arts fields.

Message from the Dean

Professor Ruth Wallace
Professor Ruth Wallace

Our College prepares students to be teachers, creative thinkers and innovators in a complex changing world. We bring together expertise in education, Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries. 

Our reputation is based on extensive partnerships with government, industry and community stakeholders to address social, cultural and economic issues in:

  • sparsely populated regional areas, including Northern Australia
  • developing regions, including South-East Asia - particularly China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste
  • Indigenous knowledge, social, cultural and economic futures.

Our research and teaching draw on the strength of the Northern Institute and the interdisciplinary expertise of our D-Labs.

D-Labs are multidisciplinary teams within the College primarily engaged in teaching, research, networking and business development. Together, academics, research students and industry professionals examine solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts.

- Professor Ruth Wallace

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  • CDU student Dikul Baker

    Indigenous language materials support online learning

    Charles Darwin University has enhanced its reputation as a pioneer in Indigenous education by making online learning more accessible through the development of Indigenous language materials. Researchers at CDU’s Northern Institute have produced video resources in Yolŋu Matha to support speakers of those languages to access online learning materials.

    Plans are in place for more languages to follow, with the aim to make learning easier for Indigenous students living in regional and remote areas. CDU student Dikul Baker, from Galiwinku, has worked with CDU staff to make the university’s online learning tool, Learnline, more accessible to Indigenous students.

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  • CIFAS IAS403 COVID-19 Study Proposals image

    IAS403 COVID-19 Study Proposals

    This year has been a tumultuous one on a number of fronts and people have endured all sorts of complicated and sometimes traumatic events as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Some inspiring initiatives have also emerged from the difficulties that many of us have faced, and as a College we want to give you the opportunity to reflect on the difficulties, document the experiences and celebrate the triumphs and make it all count towards your study. The College of indigenous Futures Arts and Society (CIFAS) at Charles Darwin university invites you to propose topics for study that can contribute to credit in your studies.

    Submit the proposal no later than 9 November for study in Summer Semester 2020 or 28 February for study in Semester One 2021. Students will enroll in IAS403 Independent Study at Charles Darwin University.

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  • Intercultural Mediation Intensive Workshop

    Intercultural Mediation (5 day) Intensive Workshop IAS539/IAS402

    This 5 day intensive workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to become a mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards (NMAS). The workshop is designed as an introductory mediation course through the lens of working cross culturally, in particular in Indigenous communities. It will provide you with a theoretical framework for contemporary mediation, skills and tools, and practice.

    The workshop is 38 hours and is participatory and immersive. It will be delivered by highly experienced peacemakers and will include personalised coaching and feedback.  It can be credited towards your postgraduate or undergraduate degree or taken as stand-alone professional development.

    WHEN: 22-26 February 2021
    WHEN: Blue 2 Precinct, CDU Casuarina Campus
    COST: Workshop Participants - $2,500 / Enrolled CDU Students - $500 (+ Course enrolment fee)

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