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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

YINRE1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Diploma of Indigenous Research is designed for Indigenous students. It offers the opportunity to draw on your own knowledge, heritage and cultural traditions to carry out on-ground research work and learn about ways that research may contribute in positive ways to Indigenous people, places and futures.

If you are new to research, this course offers an introduction to key issues and themes, as well as the opportunity to develop practical skills informed by the place where you live and its law and knowledge.

If you are already exploring your own research projects, the course offers supervision and support, as well as the chance to meet other students exploring their own projects in other places.

If you are an experienced researcher, the course offers a way to demonstrate this and be recognised for the skills and practices that are important in your workplace or community and to the people and places with whom you work.

This course includes an on-ground research project where you will be supported to develop your own research work in urban or remote Aboriginal communities. All units in the course are available online and can be carried out in the places where you live and work.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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Why study Indigenous knowledges at CDU?

Study Indigenous Knowledges at CDU to ensure the advancement and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems. We're uniquely positioned to offer learnings from cultural experts so you can make change through careers in Indigenous policy, advocacy, research, or more.

  • Relevant to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Strong relationships with Indigenous community groups
  • Study full-time, part-time, online or on campus
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  • Study full-time, part-time, online or on campus to suit your lifestyle"

What will I study?

The course requires the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. Fifty (50) credit points of core units provide an opportunity for the formalisation and recognition of Indigenous knowledge traditions and an orientation and cultural foundation to the ways in which knowledge is recorded and transmitted within the academy. Thirty (30) credit points of electives allows students an element of diversity in their studies, an ability to explore an area of specific interest, or to continue with research work of value to their own knowledge community.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below.

IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding Principles
IND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to Practice
IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research Project (repeatable)
IAS124Contested Knowledges
IAS201 Cultural Capabilities

Specialist Electives
(2 units)
20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

IAS131 Colonising Australia
IAS142  Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts
IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources
IAS161 Language Studies 1 (not offered in 2023)
IAS162 Language Studies 2 (not offered in 2023)
IND172  Introductory Indigenous Research Project (repeatable)
YOL161 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 (new from 2023)
YOL162 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2 (new from 2023)
IAS223  Representing and Recording Country
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives
IAS252  Language and Identity
IAS261 Language Studies 3 (not offered in 2023)
IAS262 Language Studies 4 (not offered in 2023)
YOL261 Yolngu Languages and Culture 3 (new from 2023)
YOL262 Yolngu Languages and Culture 3 (new from 2023)
IAS322  Research with Indigenous People

Electives
(1 unit)
10cpUnits totalling 10 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.
 80cpTotal Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

COURSE CHANGES FROM 2023
CUC100 removed from the course. Students that completed this unit prior to 2023 may count CUC100 towards the elective.
ATI110 removed from the course. Students that completed this unit prior to 2023 may count ATI110 towards the elective or discuss with the course coordinator a suitable replacement unit.
ATI230 removed from the course. Students that completed this unit prior to 2023 may count ATI230 towards the elective or discuss with the course coordinator a suitable replacement unit.
IND200 is replaced by IAS201.
IND130 is replaced by IAS142.
INR200 is replaced by IAS322.
IND230 is replaced by IAS252.
CIK210 is replaced by IAS223.

Study plan


Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding PrinciplesCOIND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to PracticeCO
IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research ProjectCOIAS124 Contested KnowledgesCO
Specialist Elective 1SEIAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO
Specialist Elective 2SEElective 1E

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  IND171 Indigenous Research: Principles to PracticeCO
  IAS124 Contested KnowledgesCO
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
Year 2
IND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding PrinciplesCO  
IND172 Introductory Indigenous Research ProjectCO  
IAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesCO  
Elective 1E  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT multiple choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Consideration will also be given to applicants that do not meet the University's minimum entry requirements who have relevant professional experience and knowledge in Indigenous work.

Additional admission requirements

p>Applicants will need to have the ability to draw on important cultural knowledge and experiences, and observe relevant cultural protocols in the use of that knowledge to successfully complete this course. Applicants must contact the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts by email cifea_qateam@cdu.edu.au to arrange a short interview to discuss suitability prior to submitting an application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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The Arts courses at CDU are flexible and adaptable, with the option to choose from a wide range of both practical and specialised majors or study themes. We encourage students to ask about how a program can be tailored to fit their interests and career goals. Don't be afraid to ask that question.

Professor Ruth Wallace

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Student profile

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Diploma of Indigenous Research
Faculty/College
Faculty of Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Indigenous Knowledges, Arts

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116241
591060
Online (CSP)
116241
591060
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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