Start date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2022: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2023: AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to work with Aboriginal communities.
  • Gain international experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program or stay local and take part in the Professional Experience Program.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Cultural Studies and Linguistics1.
  • Join a university ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Learner Engagement in the Humanities2.
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Creative Arts Campus Facilities3, and Learning Resources4.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study, including the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 22021 Good Universities Guide – Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate). 3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 42021 Good Universities Guide – Undergraduate.



This degree will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of life in Aboriginal communities. Key areas of study include: 

  • Aboriginal cultures and Australian society 
  • Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal writing 
  • Caring for Country and its role in Aboriginal heritage issues
  • Aboriginal history and colonialism 

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You may also choose to continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Studies)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using code 444571.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study a mix of core courses, electives and chosen majors, enabling you to fine-tune your studies to your areas of interest. You will also be given the opportunity to study two professional majors, ensuring you graduate with advanced skills and knowledge that will set you apart from your competitors in the workplace.

The majors include:

  • Aboriginal Cultures: study Aboriginal cultures and societies, and their relationships with Australian and international contexts across a range of social, economic and political settings.
  • Australian Society: study current organisational and social theories in the analysis of Aboriginal issues as they intersect and operate within the context of contemporary Australian social and political systems. This major also develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the complexities of Australian society and culture prior to and following European settlement.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5
Contemporary Aboriginal Issues HUMS 1034 4.5
Australian Politics, Civics and Citizenship POLI 1013 4.5
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5
Aboriginal Cultures HUMS 1035 4.5
Australian Society and Cultures HUMS 1009 4.5
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Caring for Country ENVT 1017 4.5
Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788 - 1918 HUMS 1053 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication, Culture and Aboriginal Australians COMM 2060 4.5
Forging a Nation: Australian History 1920 - Present HUMS 2034 4.5 Note(s): 3
Rights and Racism HUMS 2008 4.5
Segregation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government HUMS 2035 4.5
Minor Note(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Comparative Indigenous Studies HUMS 2017 4.5
Community Service Learning Project 1 EDUC 4186 4.5
Identity and Representation HUMS 3014 4.5
Things that Matter: The Material Culture of Australia's Past HUMS 3045 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Aboriginal Rights and Interculturality SOCU 3035 4.5
Aboriginal Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Science PHIL 3008 4.5
Oral History Workshop: People and Place HUMS 3044 4.5
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5
Pitjantjatjara Language and Culture LANG 2031 4.5 Note(s): 5
Introduction to Cultural Studies HUMS 1054 4.5 Note(s): 6
Space, Place and Culture HUMS 3048 4.5

Study hours

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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:

  • online quizzes
  • presentations
  • reports
  • reviews
  • essays
  • portfolios

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society)

Why this Degree

This exciting degree will take you on a journey to explore Australia’s rich history and culture – if you’re interested in Aboriginal history, as well as contemporary Aboriginal issues, this arts degree is a good choice.

You will learn from industry experts and study a curriculum informed by world-class research1. You will also benefit from our relationships and ties with local Aboriginal communities, and have the opportunity to learn from highly respected Aboriginal professionals.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

Many of our teachers and lecturers are Aboriginal professionals who offer a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge. During your third year you will be given the opportunity to broaden your network when you complete an internship or industry project. This is a chance for you to gain valuable industry experience and make important professional connections. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates from this specialisation find work as project officers, community service personnel and executive officers across a range of industries and business areas. Graduates may be employed by:

  • public service
  • human and community service organisations
  • private sector organisations 

You could also pursue a teaching role in humanities and social sciences when you continue your studies with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

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.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Previously a junior primary teacher for over a decade and an active member of the Department for Educations Expert Advisory panel on Aboriginal Education, I have taught several courses in the Aboriginal Studies programs with a focus on education and Indigenous knowledges and research methodologies. I am excited to bring to this program a commitment to privileging Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies and voices. I am committed to collaborative teaching and learning, particularly in the online environment. I believe our graduates will graduate from our Aboriginal Studies programs with nuanced understandings of ways that Indigenous knowledges and research are engaging local solutions and global opportunities in powerful ways.

Dr Karen Sinclair

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Karen Sinclair

Dr Karen Sinclair

Program Director


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I wrote my thesis on finding a way of identifying upon discovery of Aboriginal ancestry later in my life. A highlight of my studies was participating in a cultural exchange for 4 weeks at Pukyong National University in Busan, South Korea. The comradery, especially amongst other mature age students, was wonderful and I made a lot of friends throughout my time at university. The support and learning throughout my journey with UniSA have been outstanding, and I would highly recommend UniSA to anyone undertaking tertiary education.

Jill Waller

Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) (Honours), Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary)
Student Support and Aboriginal Education Officer | Department for Education


Jill Waller

Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) (Honours), Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary)
Student Support and Aboriginal Education Officer | Department for Education