Cultural Competence-Aboriginal Sydney




University of Sydney




Free (certificate fee: USD$ 28, optional)

Available in

English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


This course discusses some of the key themes and capabilities of cultural competence by exploring Aboriginal experiences and narratives of Sydney, a city rich in diverse pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary sites of significance to Aboriginal peoples. It is offered by the University of Sydney through Coursera, an online education platform.

The course highlights hidden and marginalised narratives and experiences of Aboriginals, that are necessary to develop cultural competence capabilities. Key elements of practicing cultural competence include being able to understand and interrogate context, which in the case of Sydney includes not only learning about the peoples, places and histories of Aboriginal Sydney but also understand issues about how knowledge is created and how dominant narratives can exclude diverse knowledges and experiences.

Some of the learning outcomes of the course are:

  • Developing knowledge about cultural competence capabilities
  • Building a deeper and multi-layered knowledge and understanding about Aboriginal peoples, cultures and places in Sydney
  • Understanding how history, cultures and places are represented, contested and interpreted and how that relates to their own context