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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (CSP)
1GD021
822050
Casuarina Campus (FF)
1GD521
872050
Online (CSP)
1GD021
822050
Online (FF)
1GD521
872050
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina Campus
093307M
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Annual Fee
$32,008.00
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

TIPD01

Award
Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Indigenous Studies and Public Policy
Society and Welfare Studies

With the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Policy Development, you will build on your professional knowledge and experiences with a critical understanding of important aspects of Indigenous economic and policy development in modern Australia.

You will examine key issues of Indigenous policy development and implementation, economic development and participation, traditional and modern governance structures, and intellectual and cultural property rights in current social and political contexts.

This course is an essential foundation for respectful and accountable engagement with Indigenous people and the current social and political issues they face in Australia and internationally.

This is an important course, if you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • the workings of government and policy
  • the structures and functions of governance in relation to Indigenous people
  • the practice of cultural engagement with and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • the culture and language of Yolngu people.

Career opportunities

Potential employment opportunities include roles in government and non-government organisations related to Indigenous affairs in areas such as research, policy development, or media and communications and academia.

Credit transfers & pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

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

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

  • 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 8.

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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

Your graduate diploma studies will require the completion of 80 credit points of study including four core units and up to four units offered at a 500 level in the offerings in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society.

You will be able to complete a 20-credit point dissertation and can complete up to 20 credit points of study outside the offerings of the College or cross-institutionally so long as they are able to meet the dual requirements of being at an advanced level of study and approved by the course coordinator.


  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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 type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)

40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development (recoded from ATI410 2016) (replaced by IAS530 2020)
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (recoded from ATI420 2016) (replaced by IAS531 2020)
ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation (recoded from ATI430 2016) (replaced by IAS532 2020)
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies (recoded from ATI440 2016) (recoded to IAS533 2020)
 

Specialist Elective
(2-4 units)

40cp

Unit totalling40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

Research Preparation
ATI720 Dissertation #20 (20cp) (recoded from ATI401 2016) ^(manual enrolment required)
ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20 (20cp) ^(manual enrolment required) (replaced by IAS501 (20cp) from 2020)

^ students completing a Graduate Certificate/Diploma who wish to undertake a level 4 (400 level) or level 7 (700 level) unit must do so via manual enrolment

Partnerships
IND500 Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Colonised Australia (replaced by IAS535 2020)
IND501 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts (replaced by IAS537 2020)
IND502 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
IND590 Indigenous Research Project (replaced by IAS523 2020)
IND503 Challenging Educational Paradigms (replaced by IAS538 2020)
ATI505 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management (replaced by IAS534 2020)

Yolngu Languages and Culture (available part time only)*
*Due to the sequential nature of language learning, choosing the Yolngu Languages and Culture specialisation would require a student to take their studies across a minimum of three semesters
CAS501 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 (replaced by IAS541 2020)
CAS502 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2 (replaced by IAS542 2020)
CAS511 Yolngu Literature (replaced by IAS543 2020)
CAS512 Indigenous Language Project (recoded from CAS448 2016)
CAS521 Yolngu Conversation 1 (replaced by IAS545 2020)
CAS522 Yolngu Conversation 2 (replaced by IAS546 2020)
 

 

80

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transition Arrangements for 2018

GCP501 has been replaced by IND500. Students who have completed GCP501 should not complete IND500.
GCP502 has been replaced by IND501. Students who have completed GCP502 should not complete IND501.
GCP503 has been replaced by IND502. Students who have completed GCP503 should not complete IND502.
GCP504 has been replaced by IND590. Students who have completed GCP504 should not complete IND590.
GCP505 has been replaced by IND503. Students who have completed GCP505 should not complete IND503.

 

Previous Unit Code Previous Title 2018 Code 2018 Title
GCP501 Respectful Histories IND500 Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Colonised Australia
GCP502 Communication and Relationships IND501 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
GCP503 Reconciliation and Opportunities in an Australian Context IND502 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
GCP504 Partnership Project IND590 Indigenous Research Project
GCP505 The Meaning of Education IND503 Challenging Educational Paradigms

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who started this course prior to 2015 may continue to include 300 level undergraduate units as part of their course but can also include any of the new postgraduate units as part of their Specialist Elective study.

Students who started this course in 2015 can also include any of the new postgraduate units as part of their Specialist Elective study.

Students who have started the course prior to 2016 can still use LGA501 (repeatable recoded from LGA400 in 2016, not offered in 2017) (no longer available) to study Central Australian Languages. If students are seeking to study Yolngu Languages and Culture, they should enrol in the specific, appropriate Yolngu Studies units from the list included in the above course structure.

Unit Code Changes 

 

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
ATI401 ATI720 Dissertation #20 (20cp)
ATI410 ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development 
ATI420 ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
ATI430 ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
ATI440 ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology
CAS431 CAS501 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1
CAS432 CAS502 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2
CAS444 CAS511 Yolngu Literature
CAS445 CAS521 Yolngu Conversation 1
CAS446 CAS522 Yolngu Conversation 2
CAS448 CAS512 Indigenous Language Project
GCP401 GCP501 Respectful Histories
GCP402 GCP502 Communication
GCP403 GCP503 Reconciliation
GCP404 GCP504 Partnership Project
GCP405 GCP505 Meaning of Education

 

Study plan


  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

Research Preparation

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20 (20cp) (manual enrolment required) SE ATI720 Dissertation #20 (20cp) (manual enrolment required)  SE

Partnerships

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
Specialist elective 1 SE Specialist elective 3 SE
Specialist elective 2 SE Specialist elective 4 SE

Yolngu Language and Culture (available part time only)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
CAS501 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 SE CAS502 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2 SE
Year 2
Specialist elective 3 SE    
Specialist elective 4 SE    

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

Research Preparation

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
    ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
    ATI720 Dissertation #20 (20cp) (manual enrolment required) SE
       
Year 2
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO    
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO    
ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills (20cp) (manual enrolment required) SE    
       

 Partnerships

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
    ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
    Specialist elective 1 SE
    Specialist elective 2 SE
Year 2
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO    
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO    
Specialist elective 3 SE    
Specialist elective 4 SE    

Yolngu Language and Culture (available part time only)

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development CO
    ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Preparation CO
    CAS501 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1 SE
Year 2
ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics CO Specialist elective 3  
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology CO Specialist elective 4  
CAS502 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2 SE    

Course fees

Both Commonwealth supported (CS) and full fee (FF) places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CS place use the SATAC code 1GD021 or UAC code 822050. If you would like to apply for a FF place you will need to use the SATAC code 1GD521 or UAC code 872050.

Commonwealth supported places

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

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

International tuition fees

The annual course tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $32,008.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

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SATAC

UAC

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UAC

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