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COURSE

Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Australian Research) (Honours)

BH-INDAUS

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.

1year

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.

200

About offering

The honours course at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) provides specialised training for graduates in research in Indigenous Australian contexts.

Being a research student at CAS provides you with the unique opportunity to contribute to Indigenous knowledge.

A combination of coursework and a research project provides students with training and experience in research positioning, methodologies and methods, and in using research literature critically.

Emphasis is placed on Indigenous Terms of Reference and the importance of respecting cultural and community protocols when conducting research.

Students from the CAS honours program may graduate from the following major streams:

  • Indigenous Community Development and Management
  • Indigenous Community Health
  • Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies.

What you'll learn

  • recognise the diversity of systems of Indigenous and other knowledge and ways of knowing, and understand the relationship between power and knowledge
  • know how to critique and deconstruct ideas, arguments and positions; synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to research
  • access and evaluate information in order to locate and review existing literature related to a research topic
  • develop effective writing and presentation skills; communicate orally in clear, concise and logical ways; negotiate entry into the field with participants in their research
  • utilise appropriate technologies for research and have developed effective electronic literature and library/text-based search strategies in order to locate and review existing literature related to specific research topics
  • apply qualitative research techniques in Indigenous Australian contexts; work in ways that comply with the requirements for the conduct of ethical and culturally sensitive research in Indigenous Australian contexts
  • consider and discuss global Indigenous knowledges and relate them to Indigenous Australian contexts
  • acknowledge and foreground Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, and value and draw upon the lived experience of Indigenous Australian people; recognise diversity in relation to age, gender, country and cultural role in Indigenous contexts; evaluate the representation of Indigenous people in research, and how different representations can produce different narratives, stories and truths
  • conduct research in an appropriate and consultative way that respects cultural protocols and research ethics

Why study Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Australian Research) (Honours)

  • High achieving students may complete an additional honours year, enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
  • The course provides an opportunity for suitably qualified graduate students to undertake a dissertation-based program in the field of Indigenous studies.
  • Honours is an excellent opportunity to progress to master or doctorate level research pathways.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

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

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Community Management and Development), Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Professional Practices) or equivalent may be invited to undertake the honours course if their semester weighted average is more than 70% over their undergraduate degree or course weighted average.

    Students applying with external qualifications (those not specified in prerequisites) will be eligible if they have similar levels of attainment and meet one or more of the following criteria: are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or have completed one or more undergraduate units with a substantial Indigenous studies component, or can demonstrate substantial life experience residing with or working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Students applying with external qualifications (those not specified in prerequisites) will be eligible if they have similar levels of attainment and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
  • Have completed one or more undergraduate units with a substantial Indigenous studies component; or
  • Can demonstrate substantial life experience residing or working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Undergraduate students enrolled in Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Community Management and Development), Bachelor of Applied Science (Aboriginal Professional Practices) or equivalent may be invited to undertake the honours course if their semester weighted average is more than 70% over their undergraduate degree or course weighted average.

Students applying with external qualifications (those not specified in prerequisites) will be eligible if they have similar levels of attainment and meet one or more of the following criteria: are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or have completed one or more undergraduate units with a substantial Indigenous studies component, or can demonstrate substantial life experience residing with or working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

On-campus: scheduled study blocks and reverse block visits.

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

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

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2019

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$6,570*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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  • Curtin course code: BH-INDAUS
  • This offering was last updated on: December 16, 2018