Discover ceremonial life and the rich history of Aboriginal Australia through a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies) at UniSA. It will open your eyes to the world’s longest surviving culture, and introduce you to the existence of over 300 million indigenous peoples worldwide – a true force to be reckoned with.
“The recognition of Aboriginal people in Australia is a very serious issue,” says OUA program director, Ron Nicholls. He teaches a number of units in the degree and has long-standing relationships with the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia.
Ron says, “Western societies are taught that only a number of ideas have credibility. These ideas are usually invisible, but they breed the attitude that my cultural viewpoint is how the world works. This degree gives students the ability to look outside their own culture”.
“Western social systems actually developed over many hundreds of years,” explains Ron. “To discover that these ideas are not fixed in stone opens up the idea that we can actually change what we do and how we think.”
From sustainability to cultural practices: What you’ll learn
In this course, you’ll learn about the connection between sustainability and traditional Aboriginal world views. You’ll also explore topics from Indigenous philosophy, Aboriginal culture, contemporary Aboriginal issues, and Indigenous writings, while getting practical training in cultural understanding and practice.
The Caring for Country unit equips you to work with Aboriginal people in natural resource management, and students involved in sustainable design get to work with elders to create ideas from different perspectives rather than simply western perspectives. Students have the chance to learn directly from Ngarrindjeri elders on a camp and the potential to get involved in ceremony.
Where Indigenous Studies could lead you
Graduates of Indigenous Studies have a range of options, including government, remote and regional community organisations, and some private sector roles – especially if you work in environmental science or mining. Many industries connect to, and work with Aboriginal people, including health, arts, media, and community development. Psychologists, doctors and nurses find opportunities in community controlled Aboriginal Health Services, with 120 all over Australia.
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Studying through OUA puts you within reach of your dream degree – offering access to over 150 university degrees from 10 leading Australian universities. These degrees are offered to both on-campus and online students, under the guidance of the university’s tutors. The key difference is, you get to study when, where, and how you choose.
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