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Australian Indigenous Studies (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Australian Indigenous Studies (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Mr Michael Prince | Email: M.Prince@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6573

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Australian Indigenous Studies
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Not currently available to new admissions
Description Australian Indigenous Studies is a dynamic, exciting field of enquiry. This major explores the resilience of Australian Indigenous peoples - their contemporary cultural expression, life experiences, and aspirations. Students critically engage with and apply a range of theories related to national identity and Indigeneity, decolonisation, and social justice. Upon completion, students will have the skills and knowledges to be effective agents of social change. Opportunities for hands-on learning include a final-year capstone Work Integrated Learning experience in an Indigenous context.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes Knowledge
Understand the distinctive features of the discipline of Australian Indigenous Studies
Understand the distinctive features of Australian Indigenous cultures and the impact of colonisation on Indigenous peoples' lives
Understand the complexities of community and broader political debates about the intersections of history, policy and social justice with regard to contemporary Indigenous experience and aspirations
Understand contemporary Indigenous cultural expression and its unique contribution to Australian cultural life
Understand the relationships between personal identity, national identity and 'Aboriginality'

Skills
Work collaboratively with Indigenous people and communities and develop ethical and responsible practices that are applicable in real world situations
Analyse and evaluate, in a scholarly and informed way, the arguments and theoretical positions that are foundational to the debates about the intersections of history, policy and social justice with regard to contemporary Indigenous experience and aspirations

Application
Contribute to sophisticated and creative scholarship in Australian Indigenous Studies Act as, in professional and other contexts, an effective and sophisticated agent of social change
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects A degree in Australian Indigenous Studies can be combined with a professional major to provide additional vocational training for disciplines including education, community development, the law, nursing or environmental science. An AIS degree also prepares people to work in the public service, and in Indigenous or other community organisations.
Recommended Double Majors Communication and Media Studies; Community Development; English and Creative Writing; Global Politics and Policy; History; Journalism; Philosophy; Public Relations; Sociology; Sustainable Development; Sustainable Development (OUA)
Excluded Minors Australian Indigenous Studies; Popular Culture, Indigeneity and Nationhood
Main research areas History, environmental, sociology, heritage, community development, culture and media.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points

Core Units - 6 credit points

AIS180 Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies - 3 points

AIS110 Introduction to Indigenous Popular Culture - 3 points

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points

Core Unit - 6 credit points

AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation - 3 points

AIS206 Country, Nature and Identity: Indigenous Sustainability - 3 points

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points

Core Unit - 9 credit points

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points

AIS307 Indigeneity, Critical Theory and Social Justice - 3 points

AIS356 Reading Reconciliation - 3 points

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select one specified elective during Year 2 from the following list.

TOU231 Indigenous Tourism Issues - 3 points
(students must consult the Unit Coordinator)

COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community - 3 points

EGL235 Australian Literature and Film - 3 points

NUR210 Indigenous Health and Cultural Diversity - 3 points

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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