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10 of the Coolest Classes at Charles Darwin University

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Giovanna Soto
Charles Darwin University, also known as CDU, is unique. It’s a university deeply engaged with Australia’s Indigenous people and recognizes Australia as the land of many Indigenous nations. In that sense, the university offers courses that respect the knowledge and culture of Aboriginal people. All The courses are accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards. These are 10 of the coolest classes at Charles Darwin University:

1. TAX305: Taxation

A man with a black suit doing sums in a calculator with his right hand to fill a taxes paper and with a coffee cup in his left hand and his smartphone in a red background This class is designed to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical concepts about taxation law in Australia. This knowledge allows students to develop skills in the application and interpretation of basic taxation legislation in subjects like income tax, capital gains tax, fringe benefits tax, GST and the role that taxation has in government and society.

2. HRM304: Negotiation, Bargaining, and Advocacy

Two men in suit seated in a roundtable with papers are negotiating a business. The man with the white suit and black hair is saying $100 million while the man with the striped suit and bald head is saying $65 thousand In this class, students develop an understanding of the role of negotiation and bargaining in the workplace. Students will be introduced to the practices and processes of negotiation and advocacy used in Australian industrial relations. Through this class, students must be able to evaluate and demonstrate an understanding of the models of negotiation, identify and analyze the nature and sources of conflict, the influence of power in negotiations and the ethics of negotiation and advocacy.

3. PSY340: Behavioral Therapies

A man whit a white shirt is taking notes with a notebook and a pencil of the girl with a white shirt and brown hair in the background This course explores the mechanisms that enhance students capacity to learn and refine people`s behavior. The unit will examine the main principles that underpin learning like habituation, sensitization, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning, and rule-based learning. These principles can be applied to the treatment of OCD, PTSD, phobias, and substance abuse. Behavioral principles can also improve motivation and productivity.

4. AOD301: Counseling / Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field

A man with black hair, a hat, and a jean jacket is being comforted by a group of four people, two men with white and green shirts and two women with blue shirts The objective of this unit is to equip students with essential skills in counseling and individual intervention approaches for working with people experiencing alcohol and other drug problems. The course has been designed for students in the areas of psychology, social work, nursing, sociology, education, Indigenous and business studies. Studies in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) are multi-disciplinary, drawing on knowledge from psychology, nursing, social work, sociology, education, anthropology, criminology, economics, politics, business, Indigenous studies, law, and popular culture.

5. ATI331: Practices and Skills in Indigenous Community Work

A blonde woman with a white shirt with three indigenous girls with brown hair and typical costumes in blue, red and purple in a cultural center with paper draws in the wall In this class, students will identify and analyze different kinds of processes for social and community change operated in indigenous communities. Students will gain insights into how to work constructively and in culturally respectful ways within Indigenous and other communities, and also will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in contemporary and real-life situations.

6. CAL305: Central Australian Languages - Texts and Narratives

A boy with black hair and blue jeans hiding behind a blue book reading, a blonde girl with pink shirt holding a pencil and a sheet writing, and a boy with a black hat and blue shirt holding a paper and with his mouth open speaking This class permits students to develop their skills in speaking, reading, writing, listening, documenting, transcribing, translating and analyzing narratives and texts in a Central Australian language. At the end of the class, participants will be able to read, speak, write and transcribe sentences and narrative sequences in the target language, translate these into English, and also translate written English into text in Australian native language.

7. ATI140: Indigenous Land and Resources

A map showing the Australian country, its main cities and the oceans and seas that surrounds it (the Indian Ocean and the Coral Sea) This unit describes and explains Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders historical and contemporary association with land and sea and the resources derived from them. Various avenues for the recognition of land and title rights for Indigenous people in Australia are explored within the context of colonial history and compared across jurisdictions.  Students must describe and analyze legal and administrative instruments established for the protection of sites of significance in Indigenous land.

8. PRT574: Security Assessment in Software Development

A black pc monitor in a blue background showing a lot of software like Google Chrome, FireFox, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Note, Skype, Paint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, iTunes, Intenet Explorer, Adobe, etc This unit covers the principles of developing software with a focus on software development requirement analysis, design, implementation, testing, and deployment. Students will have an opportunity to explore the issues related to secure software development from a management perspective. Students will be equipped with the skills to perform architectural security risk analyses for enterprise level applications.

9. HSC203: Indigenous Health Perspectives

A lack and silver phonendoscope surrounding a blue sign of a family of four members (mom, dad, son, daughter) The Health Science course provides students with knowledge and understanding to support successful health service delivery for Indigenous Australians. In this unit, students have the opportunity of exploring the concepts of colonization; racism; identity, difference, and diversity; and cultural safety in relation to their work practice and acquire traditional and contemporary Indigenous healthcare knowledge and practices.

10. MID102: Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Practice

A blonde Midwife with a white coat and a phonendoscope taking the blood pressure of a pregnant woman with brown hair and blue hospital garments that is lying in a blue stretcher in a white consulting room The unit builds on existing knowledge of Primary Health Care and focuses on community health and others tertiary support services, enabling students to practice midwifery. The course describes the role of the midwife in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings and defines the midwifery interventions related to activities across the health spectrum and participate in woman education and a Primary Health Care.


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