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BH-INDAUS

Indigenous Australian Research

Bachelor honours degree

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

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR Not applicable
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Australian Research) (Honours)
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
    200
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Outline

Outline

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.

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

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

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.

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.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR Not applicable

    This course has a minimum ATAR of Not applicable

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

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

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

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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.

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Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $15,100*

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.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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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