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murina Program

The murina Program prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the skills to commence University studies.  The program offers units in Aboriginal culture, history, storytelling and study skills through 'in-class' activities and 'on-country' field trips all within a Tasmanian Aboriginal framework and tailored approach to assist students to reach their goals to achieve success.


Units available in 2020


Semester One

RWA010 tunapri milaythina 1

This unit focuses on the life, history and culture of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from invasion to the 1950's. In this context students will explore and examine the knowledge of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, place, policies and politics through a range of 'in-class' and 'on-country' learning experiences.

RWA030 University Preparation 1

This unit prepares students for University studies by familiarising them with the services and supports that will assist their student journey.  It introduces research, writing and study skills all within a Tasmanian Aboriginal context.

RWA148 kani Gathering

In this unit students will research and gather Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'kani' (stories) within the Arts across Tasmania and beyond, to examine the style, messages and importance of preserving stories in a range of 'in class' and 'on country' learning experiences.

Semester Two

RWA020 tunapri milaythina 2

This unit focuses on the life, history and culture of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from the 1950's to contemporary times within a national context to understand the movements that have influenced Aboriginal advancement and resilience against assimilation. Students will explore and examine the knowledge of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, place, policies and politics through a range of 'in-class' and 'on-country' learning experiences.

RWA034 University Preparation 2

This unit extends upon the knowledge and skills developed in the RWA030 University Preparation 1 unit.  It aims to advance skills in writing, research, critical thinking, communication and Information Technology to prepare students for further University studies to help them achieve success.  The unit will incorporate Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural content and perspectives to provide an engaging learning experience.

RWA149 kani Sharing

In this unit students will develop their own kani (story) using any creative story-telling medium and apply the elements of research and preparation to share and create their stories.  Students will collate their kani and weave together a murina community story to express a theme or message to give voice and agency.

What do I enrol in?

You can choose any of the 6 murina units depending upon your specific study goals or study full-time or part-time.

How do I enrol?

Contact Riawunna administration for further enquiries about enrolling:

Sandy Bay Newnham Cradle Coast

Jessica Fulton

+61 3 6226 2772

Sandy Bay Campus

Social Sciences Building, Level 3

Emmaleen West

+61 3 6324 3491

Newnham Campus

Building K

Emmaleen West

+61 3 6324 3491

Cradle Coast Campus

Building B

Need an appointment?

Email: Riawunna.Admin@utas.edu.au


Contact our Associate Lecturers for course specific information

Sandy Bay Newnham

Jodi Haines

+61 3 6226 7882

Jodi.Haines@utas.edu.au

Ricky Maynard

+61 3 6324 3399

R.J.Maynard@utas.edu.au


Special notes:

'kani' in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, means 'to talk'.

'tunapri' in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, means 'to know' and 'milaythina' means 'country'.

'murina' means path and has been sourced from, A Word-List of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Languages, by N.J.B. Plomley, Launceston, Foot & Playsted Pty Ltd, 1976, p.373.