Aboriginal studies

Aboriginal StudiesWhy study Aboriginal studies?

If you are an undergraduate student with a strong academic record, Honours in Aboriginal Studies gives you the opportunity to pursue a year long program of study (two years part-time) which combines coursework and research in a specialised area of knowledge. You can also elect to undertake a combined Honours year and gain expertise in two areas of study for a broad-ranging qualification. Complete the Honours program with a high overall grade to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program, or, in cases of high achievement, direct entry into the PhD program.

Career opportunities

Aboriginal studies can lead to work in government departments, health services, legal services, museums, schools and universities, Aboriginal land councils and other Indigenous organisations.

Course information

Local students

Structure

Coursework

Two coursework subjects

A thesis (12 000 – 15 000 words)

The writing of a thesis, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to honours following completion of the degree, you are expected to have completed at least 110 credit points of Aboriginal Studies or Sociology subjects with a 75% average or better.   You are strongly encouraged include 20 credit points of subjects classified as Research Methods, and Current Issues in Sociology at undergraduate level and to take additional Sociology or Aboriginal Studies units beyond this minimum requirement.

How to apply

You can apply to start mid-year. Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors, secure the agreement of a supervisor and then apply online.

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International students

Structure

Coursework

Two coursework subjects

A thesis (12 000 – 15 000 words)

The writing of a thesis, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to honours following completion of the degree, you are expected to have completed at least 110 credit points of Aboriginal Studies or Sociology subjects with a 75% average or better.   You are strongly encouraged include 20 credit points of subjects classified as Research Methods, and Current Issues in Sociology at undergraduate level and to take additional Sociology or Aboriginal Studies units beyond this minimum requirement.

How to apply

Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors, secure the agreement of a supervisor and then apply online.

Apply Now

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Your study experience

Aboriginal studies placements

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program introduces students of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian Studies, History, Sociology and Social Sciences as well as graduates and qualified anthropologists.  For more information and to apply visit the Aurora Project website. Visa restrictions may apply for international students; consult La Trobe International before undertaking work experience.  All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

Student and graduate profiles

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About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on staff in Aboriginal studies.