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Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    24 units

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  • Awarded by:

    University of South Australia

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What you'll learn

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.


Anyone can apply.

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
  • Being and belonging: culture and identity
  • Aboriginal cultures
  • Aboriginal people, history 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 experiment: 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.
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

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.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) from University of South Australia.

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.

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Worker
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Cultural Heritage Officerrr

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or scholarships.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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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