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COURSE

Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies

GC-INDAUC

TAUGHT BY: Centre for Aboriginal Studies

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

100

About offering

This course is for those working or intending to work with Indigenous Australian people. Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (IACS) offers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the cultural diversity and ways of Indigenous Australians, communities and organisations.

It examines the cultural, social, economic and political contexts and issues confronting Indigenous Australian people. The dynamic and complex environment in which Indigenous Australian people are positioned is considered through an Indigenous Australian perspective.

All the units in this major are underpinned by principles of social justice and are informed by emergent Indigenous Australians critical theory. They are highly recommended to students interested in a professional career working alongside Indigenous Australians.

What you'll learn

  • work in culturally appropriate ways and apply cultural protocols and Indigenous Cultural competencies as defined by the Centre for Aboriginal Studies that acknowledge, empower and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ rights to fairness, social justice and human rights.
  • critically analyse and reflect on issues of cultural significance in order to work effectively with Indigenous Australian people and Indigenous communities
  • select, evaluate and integrate information from various sources which is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives
  • implement best practice and culturally appropriate ways of working when communicating with Indigenous people
  • apply self-directed learning strategies and reflect critically on your life-long learning in partnership with Indigenous peoples
  • contextualise and evaluate local and national Indigenous issues alongside international pan-Indigenous issues and the impact of globalisation
  • understand the complexity and diversity of Australian Indigenous cultures, perspectives, identities, spiritual beliefs and their relationships with one another and apply understanding to professional practice
  • work collaboratively and ethically with Indigenous people recognising Indigenous organisational structures and using best practice models

Why study Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies

  • Enhance your knowledge, competence and skills for culturally appropriate practice with diverse Indigenous Australian groups, communities and organisations.
  • Examine issues confronting Indigenous Australian people in contemporary society.
  • Tailor your learning to suit your needs by choosing from a wide range of specialist topics.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • This Graduate Certificate value-adds to most undergraduate degree courses particularly in areas like humanities, health and social sciences.
  • Students enhance their knowledge, competence and skills for culturally appropriate practice with diverse Indigenous Australian groups, communities and organisations.
  • An understanding of Indigenous issues on a national and local level is explored which will give you a solid foundation for embarking on research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Career information

The multi-disciplinary approach makes the course relevant when dealing with issues concerning cultural management.

If you are looking at working in industries that involve working with Indigenous communities such as in mining, education or health, a well-rounded understanding of cultural and community protocols will be considered favourably by employers.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other requirements and notes for this course

A bachelor degree or equivalent. Those with other qualifications, experience and expertise will be considered for admission, but may be required to complete additional foundation units.

Students studying Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies as their primary major in the Bachelor of Arts will study their first year with the Media, Culture and Creative Arts First Year Stream.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$8,800*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-INDAUC
  • CRICOS code: 032965D
  • This offering was last updated on: December 15, 2018