Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage is an online unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia. It examines debates around sustainability for Aboriginal people in Australia, approaching the issues through the framework of personal accounts of survival, loss and reconstruction.

These stories are used as an entry point to discuss key practices and policies. Initially you will analyse the historical and cultural differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, and assess how this affects sustainability. Then you will reflect on the impact of colonisation, and finally you will discuss contemporary approaches to sustainability, new practices, industries and impacts. The unit prioritises an interdisciplinary approach and encourages you to explore a range of disciplines in your assessment of the issues.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy
  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy
  • Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy

Areas of study

In the Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Culture and sustainability
  • Coastal management in Western Australia
  • Heritage in Western Australia: policy frameworks to protect the past in the present
  • Indigenous sense of place and heritage cities: Fremantle case study
  • Natural heritage and Indigenous land use: the Swan River and Kings Park
  • Indigenous arts centres and cultural centres: culture as a driver of sustainable Indigenous development
  • Protecting Indigenous culture in Western Australia: policy frameworks
  • Pathways to coastal adaptation: Rottnest Island and Mandurah
  • Managing the environmental impacts of coastal tourism
  • Conflict and Indigenous history: Aboriginal connections to Rottnest Island
  • Online debate: 'How can Aboriginal heritage and history be presented and conserved sustainably on Rottnest Island?'

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy, Curtin University
  • Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy, Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage is an essential unit for those seeking to pursue a career in sustainability and climate policy. The issue of sustainability for the Aboriginal people of Australia is central to contemporary debates in the field, and this unit will equip you with the background knowledge and critical awareness to make well-informed judgements. In addition, you will cover in-depth regional and policy issues, with a consistent grounding in the historical context.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Communities Contact and Aboriginal Heritage from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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