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Indigenous Australian Research

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-INDAUS

Course
Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Australian Research) (Honours)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR Not applicable
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

The Indigenous Australian Research honours course at Curtin University provides specialised training for graduates in research in Indigenous Australian contexts.

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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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • 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.

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

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I’ve gone to university before

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

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $6,680*

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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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: BH-INDAUS
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019