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Open Learning Environment courses (OLEs)

An offering for University of Sydney students and staff

The Open Learning Environment (OLE) is a collection of units that offer all students and staff the opportunity to build skills and knowledge by exploring different fields of study.

How do OLE units work?

Our OLE units have two versions: a two credit point and a zero credit point version, which are offered completely online. The zero credit point version can be completed at your own convenience, while two credit point OLE units are run during semester.

All students and staff can take as many zero credit point OLE units for free, with online resources and learning activities openly available.    

OLET1101: Aboriginal Sydney

(two credit point version is run in Semester 2)

This unit explores Aboriginal experiences and narratives of Sydney which are often invisible to non-Aboriginal eyes. Sydney is a city rich in diverse pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary sites of significance to Aboriginal Peoples.

Too often, though, perceptions about Aboriginal Peoples consign them to an ancient past or perpetuate stereotypical imaginations that Aboriginal Peoples live predominantly in remote communities.

OLET1103: Cultural Competence: Fundamentals

(two credit point version is run in Semester 1)

This unit encourages you to learn about who you are and how you relate to the world around you. It aims to serve as a starting point in your journey towards being respectful of diversity and encouraging open and inclusive behaviour.

The unit will examine the meaning of culture and cultural competence, and examine social and emotional wellbeing in a cultural competence context as well as identity formation, worldview, and socialisation.

It will address the importance of building cultural competence capabilities to recognise and address racism. The unit helps you explore the implications of being part of a University community that is located on Aboriginal land.

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