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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Aboriginal Studies)

Course code: 2448 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(AboriginlSt) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton - P/T only; Gippsland - P/T only)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the discipline of Australian Indigenous studies while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students develop an understanding of the contemporary and historical studies about Indigenous Australian peoples and their experiences. Areas of study include kinship, political and linguistic systems in urban and remote societies, impacts of colonisation on Indigenous societies and economies, and the effects of government policies on organisations and communities. Issues surrounding constructions and representations of Aborigines, 'Aboriginalism' and responses to these by Indigenous Australians are also discussed.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in Australian Indigenous studies. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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