Master of Aboriginal Studies
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This postgraduate qualification is designed for students of any discipline with an interest in Aboriginal history, culture, politics and education.
It will provide you with a broad knowledge of Aboriginal issues and world views as they relate to health, law, history, education, environment, policy and research. You will graduate with knowledge of research methodologies and the project management skills needed to work with various Indigenous groups.
This two-year degree forms part of a nested suite of degrees, which means that if for whatever reason you decide to exit early you will graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Aboriginal Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies, depending on the number of courses studied. You can choose to study this degree on-campus or online. Part-time study options are available.
Applicants may be eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of the Masters in less than two years. Please see the entry requirements for further details.
When applying through SATAC, please refer to the following codes. Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility for Advanced Standing are encouraged to include more than one SATAC code in their list of application preferences.
2 years- SATAC CODE 4CM130
1.5 year- SATAC CODE 4CM138
1 year- SATAC CODE 4CM139
You will learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers and will benefit from our relationships and ties with industry and the State Government.
Many leading Aboriginal organisations, including the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and the Aboriginal Health Division of the SA Department of Health, have been involved in the development of this qualification, ensuring that content is culturally appropriate. You will also have the opportunity to learn from highly respected Aboriginal professionals and will benefit from our flexible study options - you can choose to study on-campus or online, which is great news for those trying to fit study in among work and other life commitments.
Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.
This degree is offered online. This means that you:
With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle.
Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.
This master degree enables you to explore Aboriginal culture, society and history as they relate to a broad range of disciplines, including:
Through a mix of theoretical and practical learning, you will cover topics relating to the global, cultural, social and political themes relevant to your area of interest. You will complete a selection of core subjects and an elective, as well as a research project or a minor thesis. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience when you work within the community, or learn about research methodologies in preparation for the completion of your project.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|Cultural Competency: Challenging Racism in Australian and Indigenous Contexts||SOCU 5018||4.5||Rule(s): 1,2|
|Law and Land||SOCU 5013||4.5||Rule(s): 1,2|
|Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing||SOCU 5011||4.5||Rule(s): 1,2|
|Australian Indigenous Languages, Identity and Belonging||SOCU 5017||4.5||Rule(s): 1,2|
|Aboriginal Futures||SOCU 5010||4.5||Rule(s): 2|
|The Politics of Representation||POLI 5016||4.5||Rule(s): 2|
|Indigenous Perspectives on Globalisation||SOCU 5012||4.5||Rule(s): 2|
|Aboriginal Studies Master Class||SOCU 5020||4.5||Note(s): 7||Rule(s): 2|
|Aboriginal Research Methods and Ethics||SOCU 6001||9|
|Pitjantjatjara Culture and Language||LANG 5029||4.5||Note(s): 6|
|RESEARCH STREAM||Note(s): 1|
|Aboriginal Studies Minor Thesis 1||SOCU 7001||9||Note(s): 5|
|Aboriginal Studies Minor Thesis 2||SOCU 7002||9||Note(s): 5|
|PROFESSIONAL STREAM||Note(s): 1|
|Aboriginal Studies Applied Project 1||SOCU 5015||9|
|Aboriginal Studies Applied Project 2||SOCU 5016||9|
We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.
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Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
Applying to study with us:
You may be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. Please see entry requirements for further details. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for Advanced Standing, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences.
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: