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The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indigenous Studies is a 48 UOC (one year equivalent) advanced undergraduate degree for high achieving students which may be taken upon completion of an undergraduate pass degree in Arts, International Studies or Social Research & Policy. The key aim of the Indigenous Studies Honours stream is to produce graduates who are well equipped to deal with Indigenous people's concerns and issues in their future research work. The stream may be a pathway into a graduate research degree (MA Research or PhD).

The Honours program involves coursework (seminars and workshops) and the completion of a thesis. The thesis should not exceed 20,000 words in length.

Stream Objectives

The aims of the Indigenous Studies Honours Stream are:

  1. To develop students' disciplinary skills in Indigenous Studies, including higher-order research skills in critical thinking, reflection, and analysis.
  2. To enable students to engage and work critically with a range of research methods and approaches in Indigenous Studies and other disciplines.
  3. To ensure students are rigorous in their research and analysis in Indigenous and multi-disciplinary intersections.
  4. To foster students' understandings of how to work in ethically and socially just ways, respecting Indigenous diversity in local, national, and international contexts.

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC.

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Additional Information

Typical Stream for Full Time Honours (1 year):

Term 1:

  • ATSI4001 Advanced Indigenous Studies: Issues and Debates (6 UOC)
  • ATSI4003  Research Design in Indigenous Studies - PART 1 (6 UOC)
  • ATSI4101 Indigenous Studies Honours I (6 UOC) Thesis

Term 2:

  • ATSI4003  Research Design in Indigenous Studies - PART 2 (6 UOC)
  • ATSI4103 Indigenous Studies Honours III (12 UOC) Thesis

Term 3:

  • ATSI4103 Indigenous Studies Honours III (12 UOC) Thesis

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