Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies)
Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. Participate in field trips with Indigenous communities and elders and gain a deeper understanding of their history, culture, language and economies.
|Townsville; Cairns; External|
|3 years full time
Part time available
|Midyear start - Yes|
|OP/Rank 2012 was 19/61|
|CRICOS code is 010346B|
Important for our community
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have an important place in tropical Queensland, as the traditional custodians of the land and sea and as part of a culturally diverse community.
Traditional connections and responsibilities remain strong, making an important contribution to the region’s cultural life.
The School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) provides subjects in this course and manages research projects that provide the opportunity for students to undertake research in the field of Indigenous studies.
The Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies) gives you a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their histories, environment, cultures, languages, politics and economies.
The degree is offered to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It recognises the significance of Indigenous languages and cultures as an important part of the heritage of all Australians.
through collaboration with Indigenous communities, the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies offers first-hand experience of the diversity of Indigenous life in northern Australia
field trips give students first-hand experience of contemporary Indigenous communities, enhancing their understanding of community histories and current issues
students also gain an insight into research ethics and protocols for consulting with communities.
If you choose to study online, you will:
Download podcasts and slideshows of lectures
Participate in weekly quizzes and questions
Participate in web based tutorials
Participate in online discussion boards
Assessment is done via
Participation in online discussion boards
online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you)
This is an employment-orientated degree that equips Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Career pathways include private sector, Indigenous community organisations and government departments.
Indigenous Australian Studies graduates are sought for careers in both the public and private sectors in management, politics, policy and planning, research, advocacy, administration, community engagement, cultural heritage management, education and training, and community welfare. Key industries include tourism, the arts, media, health, law, the environment, human services and resource management.
Joint degree options
Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:
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