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Indigenous Community Management and Development

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-INCMD

Major
Indigenous Community Management and Development Major (BAppSc)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR Not applicable
Credit
400

Outline

This course gives you the skills needed to make a positive community impact.

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The Indigenous Community Management and Development major aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the knowledge and skills required to bring about effective, culturally appropriate social change in Indigenous services and community settings.

You will learn about innovative community management practices as well as Indigenous way of working and community development principles.

The course covers six main areas of study:

  • Project management theories and practice
  • Community development processes and practice
  • Policy development and implementation issues
  • Analysis of the main historical, social, political and economic factors and the ways in which they have influenced contemporary Indigenous society
  • Evaluation research
  • Organisational management and governance.

Graduates may qualify for entry into a bachelor degree with honours and some graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master degrees.

Why study

  • This course will teach you a range of concepts and skills to enhance your personal and professional development.
  • You will develop culturally-appropriate community development and management skills in the broad areas of Indigenous Terms of Reference, community development, policy processes, community management and program evaluation.
  • High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

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.

Career information

Careers

  • Community engagement officer
  • Policy manager
  • Project manager.

Industries

  • Community development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Public relations.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of Indigenous Community Management and Development principles and practices; extend the boundaries of knowledge through research
  • critically analyse the issues related to community management and development to generate positive social change for Indigenous communities
  • research, synthesise and critically evaluate information relevant to the development of sustainable futures for Indigenous communities
  • communicate effectively to negotiate and strengthen ongoing relationships with Indigenous communities and relevant stakeholders
  • use customary and modern technologies; recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to Indigenous Community Management and Development principles and practices
  • utilise the Indigenous experience and knowledge to sustain intellectual curiosity whilst taking responsibility for own learning and ongoing professional development
  • work with consideration of pan-indigenous issues and human rights from a global perspective
  • apply and practise cultural understanding within diverse contexts; maintain culturally appropriate research methodology
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and ethical leadership within a range of multi-disciplinary professions

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : Not applicable
  • Yes.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

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

Other admission options

  • Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

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 may include 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 may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Admission into this course is only available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to attend the admissions and information workshop, where you will sit an admissions test and will be required to have an interview.

Available only to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with staff and find out more information about the course. For more information about how to apply, visit the Centre for Aboriginal Studies website.

Other requirements and notes for this course

You are required to attend four two-week blocks per annum on the Bentley Campus and in regional learning centres when available.

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

Please view the Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Professional Practices) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-INCMD
  • Last updated on: October 24, 2021