Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 24 units
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Awarded by: University of South Australia

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About this course

The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) program develops knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures and societies within the Australian community and a broader international context.

The degree recognises social diversity and emphasises human rights and social justice within a framework that promotes ethical action, social responsibility and empowerment. The recent decision of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples also adds a significant international dimension to this field of study.

The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) program is the only completely online Indigenous Studies program in Australia.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply.

Study periods

Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying.

If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks.

Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.

Areas of study

Studying this arts degree, you can choose to study from the following:

  • Engaging in the humanities
  • Developing research and analytical skills
  • Text and culture
  • Critical thinking
  • Australian society and culture
  • Contemporary Aboriginal issue
  • Indigenous philosophy: contesting knowledge in social science
  • Beining and belonging: culture and identity
  • Aboriginal cultures
  • Aboriginal people, histroy and colonialism
  • Comparative indigenous studies
  • Rights and racism
  • Indigenous arts, culture and design
  • Australian society aboriginal voices
  • Archaeology and Aboriginal studes
  • Caring for country
  • Colonial experiement: Australian history 1788-1918
  • Forging a nation: Australian history 1920-2020
  • Segregation, assimilation and resistance: Aboriginal people and government in the 20th Century
  • Things that matter: the material culture of Australia's past.

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How will this course advance my career?

This degree will be of interest to you if you aspire to work in education, teaching Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous education.

As a graduate, your career options include community development, working in the environmental sector and cultural studies. Your employment opportunities can be further strengthened by choosing electives in subject areas such as information technology, business, financial planning and communications.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor's degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) from Curtin University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Government financial support through HECS–HELP available to all Australian citizens.
  • Studying with OUA allows you the opportunity to study single units.

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Finance Options

This course is eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which includes HECS-HELP government financial assistance.
 

Alternatively, you may submit a general application, which allows you to select from a number of payment methods, including upfront payment, or deferring the cost of your studies with FEE-HELP.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
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