The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) develops a 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 decision of the United Nations General Assembly to formally adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adds a significant international dimension to the field of study.
This degree offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultures, histories and contemporary issues that apply to Indigenous Australians prior to and following European colonisation. Students will study the relations between Indigenous Australians and the wider community, encompassing insights and critical analysis of social and cultural experience. Units will cover Indigenous culture and Indigenous identity through literature and history.
The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) is the only completely online Indigenous Studies course in Australia. This degree ensures that graduates will display the specialist knowledge and analytical skills of the profession for which they have trained and will also possess broader, generic knowledge, skills and understanding.
The degree will be of interest to people in a wide range of professional studies including education, health, psychology, social work, community development, and the environmental sector. Employment opportunities can also be strengthened when students gain skills and knowledge in subject areas such as information technology, business, financial planning, and communications through studying relevant units as electives, part of a second major or minor stream.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) with University of South Australia, students must complete 24 units meeting the following criteria:
* Complete four core units
* Complete an Indigenous Studies major of eight units
* Complete a second major of eight units or complete two additional minors - four units each
* Complete four elective units
* Students can study no more than twelve units at Level 1
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
The University of South Australia policy on credit, exemption, studies-in-lieu and recognition of prior learning will be implemented on an individual basis, and be determined by the Program Director in consultation with Unit Coordinators where appropriate. It is recommended that credit applications are submitted at least 6 weeks prior to registering in course units.
Registering in this Course
Subject to degree requirements, the University of South Australia will award students with a formal qualification upon successful completion of the appropriate Open Universities Australia units. There is no requirement for students to register for the degree, but it is recommended that students obtain advice and guidance regarding unit choices.
Recommended Study Pattern
To get the most from this course, students are recommended to follow these steps:
- Students without university experience, start with SSK10
- To boost your computing skills, take CPT110
- Complete ABT10 and ABT11
- Begin the Indigenous Studies major with the Level 1 units
If you have already completed some successful university study you could seek exemption from SSK10 and CPT110. If you have an exemption for SSK10 and CPT110 it is recommended that ABT10 is the first unit to commence the major. Exemption means we allow you to choose elective units to replace these units.
Students must complete a second major of eight units or two minors (four units each, with no more than two units at Level 1 in each minor) from other courses offered through Open Universities Australia – this may also include an additional minor in Indigenous Studies. (These units can be selected from other Indigenous Studies units offered through OUA.)
Students should contact the Program Director for further information about their second major or minor requirements.
Students need to complete four electives, which can be chosen from any undergraduate unit offered through Open Universities Australia. When choosing electives, students should make sure they have no more than twelve Level 1 units across the degree.
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