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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Arts

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina Campus (FF)
1CM598
873250
Online (FF)
1CM598
873250
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course Duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SARTS1

Award
Master of Arts
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Sector
HE

The Master of Arts (Coursework) is flexible, postgraduate degree that allows you to undertake a bespoke research project on a topic of your choice. It will equip you with deep knowledge to bolster your CV, demonstrate your expertise and prepare you for a PhD should you wish to continue your studies.

At CDU, you can choose a research topic that aligns with one of four focus areas, three of which explore unique perspectives on Indigenous Australia.

You'll benefit from access to an expert, dedicated research supervisor, who will support you to think critically and creatively. You'll be guided to shape a research thesis or piece of coursework that is unique, carefully considered and robust in its findings.

In a world where opinions are rife, but facts and considered thought may not be, your ability to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and information will set you apart.

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

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2019: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments and 2019 HE Units and Fees.
2020: Information about fees and charges for 2020 will be published no later than 1 December 2019.

  • This course is being accredited for delivery in 2020.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

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

The course is comprised of 120 credit points of core and elective units. The core units are designed to be undertaken consecutively with elective units, which make up the remainder of the course requirements.


  • 2020 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2019.
  • 2020 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2019.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Detailed course requirements and study information will be published as soon as it becomes available. A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(2 units)
30cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp)
IAS502 Research Methods 2 (10cp)

Specialist Electives A
(3-9 units)
90cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 90 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

CULTURAL AND CREATIVE RESEARCH

Units totalling 90 credit points selected from unit options detailed below: 
IAS711 Thesis (10cp) (3 x Repeatable)
IAS712 Thesis (30cp) (3 x Repeatable)
IAS713 Thesis (20cp) (3 x Repeatable)
IAS714 Research Exegesis (2 x 20cp) (Repeatable)

INDIGENOUS RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

Choose the following units totalling 30 credit points:
IAS521 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice

Units totalling 60 credit points selected from units detailed below:
IAS711 Thesis (10cp) (3 x Repeatable)
IAS712 Thesis (30cp) (2 x Repeatable)
IAS713 Thesis (20cp) (3 x Repeatable)
IAS714 Research Exegesis (2 x 20cp) (Repeatable)

INDIGENOUS POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Choose the following units totalling 40 credit points:
IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and Critique of Development
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemology

Units totalling 50 credit points selected from units detailed below:
IAS534 Partnerships and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS535 Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Colonised Australia
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
IAS541 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1
IAS542 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2
IAS544 Indigenous Language Project (2 x repeatable)
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
IAS548 Healthy Country, Healthy People
IAS549 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language
IAS521 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
IAS523 Indigenous Research Project (2 x repeatable)
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice

INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT

Choose the following units totalling 30 credit points:
IAS535 Indigenous Peoples in the Context of Colonised Australia
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
IAS537 Building Relationships in Indigenous Contexts

Choose units totalling 60 credit points selected from units detailed below:
IAS534 Partnership and Engagement in Indigenous Land and Sea Management
IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
IAS541 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1
IAS542 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2
IAS544 Indigenous Language Project (2 x repeatable)
IAS547 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
IAS548 Healthy Country, Healthy People
IAS549 Learning an Indigenous Australian Language
IAS521 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
IAS523 Indigenous Research Project (2 x repeatable)
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice
IAS539 Intercultural Mediation
MRA501 Mawul Rom Studies (5x repeatable unit)

YOLNGU LANGUAGES AND CULTURE

Choose the following units totalling 30 credit points:
IAS541 Yolngu Languages and Culture 1
IAS542 Yolngu Languages and Culture 2
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice

Choose units totalling 60 credit points selected from units detailed below:
IAS543 Yolngu Literature
IAS544 Indigenous Language Project (2 x repeatable)
IAS545 Yolngu Conversation 1
IAS546 Yolngu Conversation 2
IAS521 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
IAS522 Indigenous Research Methodologies
IAS523 Indigenous Research Project (2 x repeatable)

Specialist Electives B
(up to 4 units)
40cp Choose 40 cp from any of the Specialist Elective A units identified above or from approved Masters level units from across CDU offerings, or approved cross-institutional enrolments from other universities.
  160cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

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 standard 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.

 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
  R = Research P = Practicum/Placement E = Elective

FULL TIME - SEMESTER 1 ENTRY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp) CO IAS502 Research Methods 2 (10cp) CO
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
    Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE

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PART TIME - SEMESTER 1 ENTRY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp) CO IAS502 Research Methods 2 (10cp) CO
    Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 2
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 4
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE

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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 standard 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.

 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
  R = Research P = Practicum/Placement E = Elective

 

FULL TIME - SEMESTER 2 ENTRY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp) CO
    Specialist Elective A or B SE
    Specialist Elective A or B SE
    Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 2
IAS502 Research Methods 2 (10cp) CO Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective A or B SE    
Specialist Elective A or B SE    
Specialist Elective A or B SE    
Specialist Elective A or B SE    

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PART TIME - SEMESTER 2 ENTRY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp) CO
Year 2
IAS502 Research Methods 2 (10cp) CO Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 3
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 4
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Specialist Elective A or B SE Specialist Elective A or B SE
Year 5
Specialist Elective A or B SE    
Specialist Elective A or B SE    

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SPECIALIST ELECTIVE AVAILABILITY

Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
SPECIALISATION 1
     
      
     
SPECIALISATION 2
     
     
     
     
SPECIALISATION 3
     
     
     
     
     
SPECIALISATION 4
     
     
     
     
     

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