Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) degree qualifies individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in relation to Indigenous Studies in a range of local, international and global contexts to undertake professional ethical work and as a pathway for further learning.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Knowledge

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) degree will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent life long in contemporary Australian and global societies and contexts.

Skills

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) degree will have:

  • cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge in Indigenous Studies, and the relationship within the Australian and international context
  • cognitive and technical skills (including practical experience) to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in working and collaborating with the Aboriginal community
  • cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying opportunities and solving problems related to colonisation and globalisation in contemporary societies and contexts with intellectual independence
  • communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in the context of Indigenous communication protocols within the local and global society

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts in relation to policies and discourses that shape and have shaped the Australian society
  • with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
  • discipline specific knowledge and skills

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 professions for which they have trained and will also possess broader, generic knowledge, skills and understanding.

The degree is 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 further skills and knowledge within Indigenous Studies, through the expansion of the number of courses within the program to include a minor stream in history that incorporates Indigenous knowledges.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support for this course, you must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
  • Successfully completed at least 4 Open Universities Australia (OUA) Undergraduate units OR
  • Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Certificate IV or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements OR
  • Qualified for SACE or equivalent secondary school education to be eligible for selection in 2013, applicants are required to have the following SACE qualifications:
    - completed 200 credits of subjects
    - achieved a grade of C1 or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy, 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2 ;
    - achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and obtained a competitive ATAR of 55 or higher
    - four SACE stage 2 subjects a grade of C- or better
     
  • Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.

To learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below:

  • Students without university experience may want to start with SSK10 Tertiary Learning strategies as an elective unit before starting their core units and major units.
  • Complete the Level 1 core units
  • Begin the Indigenous Studies major with the Level 1 units
  • Select a second major or minor to complete

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 or a minor in history
  • Students can study no more than twelve units at Level 1

Majors

1. Indigenous Studies major
Students should complete the Level 1 major units before enrolling in the rest of their Indigenous Studies major units

2. Second major or two minors
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). Students may study the Australian History minor units listed below or select from other courses offered through Open Universities Australia.

Students may wish to choose their second major or minor units from the following courses:

Students should contact the Program Director for further information about their second major or minor requirements.
 

Please note: From 2012 the Indigenous Studies major has been revised and updated to include new units. BA (Indigenous Studies) students who have completed any ABT units before 2012 should contact UniSA for enrolment advice.

Electives

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.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM1551 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX1371 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

1 Students should only complete ONE of these units

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Society and Cultures
ABT10 UniSA SP1 - - -
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
ABT14 UniSA - SP2 - -
Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science
ABT16 UniSA - - SP3 -
Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity
ABT17 UniSA - - - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Aboriginal Cultures
ABT13 UniSA SP1 - SP3 -
Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism
ABT15 UniSA SP1 - - -
Comparative Indigenous Studies
ABT18 UniSA - - - SP4
Rights and Racism
ABT24 UniSA - - SP3 -
Indigenous Arts, Culture and Design
ABT25 UniSA - - SP3 -
Aboriginal Voices in Film and Fiction
ABT21 UniSA - SP2 - -
Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies
ABT35 UniSA - SP2 - -
Caring for Country
ABT36 UniSA - - - SP4

Students must complete Level 1 units before enrolling in Level 2 units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788-1918
ABT19 UniSA SP1 - - -
Forging a Nation: Australian History 1920-Present
ABT26 UniSA - - SP3 -
Segregation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government
ABT27 UniSA - SP2 - -
Things that Matter: the Material Culture of Australia's Past
ABT37 UniSA - - - SP4

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.

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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.

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Once your enrolment has been confirmed, your details will be sent through to the University of South Australia (UniSA). Your details will then be used to send out your UniSA log in details. If you enrolled two weeks before (or earlier) to the start of the study period your log in details for the UniSA student portal will be sent out two weeks prior to the start of the study period. If you enrol during the last two weeks before the start of the study period the email will be sent the following Monday after you enrol.

If you have not received your log in details by the start of the study period date please contact UniSA directly on 1300 361 450.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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Unit loan
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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
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Australia

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