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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.
(Commonwealth supported place)
Applicants for a Commonwealth supported place are required to have ONE of the following qualifications:
- Qualified for SACE[*] : [*] To be eligible for selection in 2012, 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
1. For SACE stage 2 subjects a grade of C- or better
- Obtained an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank ATAR of 55 or higher
- Completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for University entry under SACE and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
- Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
- Completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
- Successfully completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) Undergraduate units.
- Completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Certificate IV or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
- Qualified for Special Entry and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements.
- Completed the University Foundation Studies program or UniSA PAL.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
To get the most from this course, students are recommended to follow these steps:
- 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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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)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387