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  • Locations: Albany, Australia; Hyden, Australia; Margaret River, Australia; Perth, Australia
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description  

GBL 256 IS  ANT/SOC 253  AUSTRALIA: The Stolen Generation: Genocide, Justice, and the Aboriginal Australian Experience   4 S.H.

To really know Australia, it is necessary to understand the Indigenous people in relationship to Euro-Australians’ interests, both past and present. The Indigenous people of Australia have created the longest continuing cultural tradition in the world today, surviving for 60 thousand years. This course emphasizes the traditional, colonial, and contemporary experiences of the First Australian people through the socio-cultural imagination. Through lectures, field trips, directed self-learning, and hands-on activities, students will explore important issues of the Nyoongar people of West Australia’s quest for equality and cultural survival. Cross-listed with SOC/ANT 253 IS.

Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization or Society requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts as an elective for Anthropology or Sociology majors or minors.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 156

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting will meet on Thursday, May 2 at 4:15 p.m. in Lindner 207.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Tuesdays from 05:30-07:10 PM. Location TBD.

Additional Course Information

Although US Americans are familiar with the Holocaust and the decimation of Native North Americans, the story of the Australian Aboriginal Stolen Generation is not widely known. From the late 1800’s to at least 1976 untold numbers of aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families by governments, churches and welfare institutions. This was initiated in order to implement a policy of assimilation that included the control over marriage and reproduction for racial purification. Despite the challenges of genocide, ethnocide, and discrimination, the Indigenous people of Australia have created the longest continuing cultural tradition in the world today, surviving for 60 thousand years. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of aboriginal resistance, resilience, and resurgence. Through presentations with activists, educators, descendants of massacres, dreamtime story tellers, service learning and experiential learning activities in the natural settings of Aboriginal people, students will explore important issues of the Nyoongar quest for equality and cultural survival.

Initially, the group stays in Perth where we have lectures and programs by Nyoongar educators. Included among our activities are a traditional Nyoongar welcome and an excursion to Wajemup (Rottnest Island) for heritage education and island beaches, snorkeling, and biking. While in Perth, we will experience a day excursion to Yuat country. Here we will engage in an educational program at the historically infamous Aboriginal mission of New Norcia. Noted as Australia's only monastic town, the divergent and convergent histories of both white and Aboriginal culture are explored as well as issues of the Stolen Generation.
From Perth we begin our 8 day travels by heading toward the outback of Australia. On the way, we journey inland to Kojonup --"Place of the Stone Axe"-- to visit a unique collaborative museum which depicts the historical and current relations of the Nyoongar people and local farmers. From here, our destination is Katta Keetch (Wave Rock), a significant Aboriginal Australian site and geological wonder near the small town of Hyden. Our guide for this area is Michael Ward, a local Yuat-Nyoongar  educator who leads us through the geological, cultural, spiritual, and political history of the area, including a visit to a local working farm. We will learn about Australian farm life including sheep shearing, harvesting and eating yabbies’ (a crayfish) and an Ozzie barbie.

From the outback, we trek to the oceanfront town of Albany. Mr Larry Blight, Minang elder, hosts us with a cultural tour exploring the local regional and cultural history of the people, including recently discovered archaeological sites. Our experience in Albany culminates with an exploration of Albany’s stunning Rainbow Coast including the spectacular rock formations of the Gap and Natural Land Bridge, the Salmon Holes and the Blow Holes.
From Albany we travel along the coast to Margaret River, an area known for its beautiful beaches, forests, surfing, art, local food products, and vineyards.  En route we visit Green’s pool for some swimming followed by an awe-inspiring treetop walk in the Valley of the Giants Tingle forest. Nearby Margaret River is Wardandi  country. Our group is welcomed by leaders in the local Aboriginal community at Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Center and invited to participate in their cultural lives, experiencing first-hand dancing, dreaming stories, and activities such as spear- and boomerang-throwing.
From Wardandi country we return to Perth. On our way we stop at Pijarra and learn about the Pijarra Massacre from a local elder. Once arriving in Perth, our program continues with the aboriginal program, free time for beaches and exploring. Among our numerous activities is the Yanchep Aboriginal Experience including Nyoongar knowledge of plants and animals; toolmaking and learning about cultural protocols. Another highlight of the course earning student accolades is the student placements in Nyoongar Aboriginal organizations are a highlight of our course where they will learn first hand, the challenges and successes facing Noongar people today. We also have lots of time for a going-away party, beaches, shopping, and the Survival Perth Aboriginal Festival with dancers and singers from diverse parts of Australia on Australia Day.


Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means You will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.




Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 3 - January 24, 2020. 
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Los Angeles (LAX). 
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • Departure from U.S. to Perth
    • Orientation in Perth
    • User-friendly public transportation
    • Visit Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), a former Aboriginal penitentiary and bike-friendly island with beaches
    • Lectures on Aboriginal Australia - Curtin University Aboriginal Studies Center; museums and other tours
    • Day trip to New Norcia Monastic Community and its contested history regarding aboriginal peoples
    • Free-time for exploration of the local area, including beaches, markets, and café culture 
  • Travel to the outback via Kojonup: Place of the Stone Axe and museum tour 
  • Katta Keetch (Wave Rock) in Hyden
    • Mystery of why the aboriginal people left 200 years ago, visit ancient sites and modern farm life in the outback including Ozzie barbie 
  • Travel to oceanfront town of Albany
    • Minang aboriginal program, including visits to archaeological site and exploring the coastline in our free time
  • Travel to Margaret River area
    • Bushtucker tour with canoeing on Margaret River
    • Cave tour of Ngili caving and some caving on our won
    • Tour of Wardan Aboriginal Education Center
    • Lectures about the dreaming and cultural history past and present
    • Storytelling 
  • Valley of the Giants – treetop walk 
  • Pinjarra Aboriginal Memorial and discussion by local elder 
  • Return to Perth
    • Museums, cultural centers, markets, shopping, restaurants, and beaches
    • Celebrate the Cultural Survival Festival on Australia Day
  • Return to U.S. from Perth

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program. 

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Program Leader 1: Raj Ghoshal 
Professor of Sociology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 209A
2035 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 

Program Leader 2: Rena Zito
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 212D
2035 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)



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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/25/2020
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

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