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Curtin University
Centre For Aboriginal Studies


The Honours course at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies provides specialised training for graduates in research in Indigenous Australian contexts. A combination of coursework and a research project provides Honours students with training and experience in research positioning, in research methodologies and methods, and in using research literature critically.

CAS Honours graduates are able to work with diverse Indigenous perspectives and experiences. The course emphasises Indigenous Terms of Reference and the importance of respecting cultural and community protocols when conducting research.

CAS Honours graduates have in the past gained employment as project and investigation officers, community business managers, and researchers on larger community-based projects. Graduates can also enhance their potential for promotion and career enhancement within their current employment.

Course Organisation

The Honours course is offered full-time only over one year. The course is delivered by Block Release, with students attending four Study Blocks over the course of each year. Centre for Aboriginal Studies lecturers maintain contact with students via email or phone to offer support and advice. This year, the Honours course is supported by Blackboard, an online learning resource for managing resources and submission of assessments.

Studying at Honours Level

The Honours course is equivalent to all other Honours courses at Curtin in terms of its level of content, assessment and workload. Only a percentage of undergraduate students will be admitted into Honours each year, based on their course weighted average (minimum of 70%) and their Honours Application. You will find that it is substantially harder than degree level units, and that there will be a lot more reading and writing required. If you are up to the challenge, and prepared to spend the extra time reading and thinking critically, you will gain valuable critical reading and writing skills, and will be able to make informed choices in terms of your research project, the research literature you refer to, your methodological framework, and the specific way in which you use research methods to conduct the project.

Read about our Honours Graduates

CAS had 3 graduates for 2015, to read their abstracts click here.

For more information

Master of Philosophy (Indigenous Research and Development) 

Or contact:

Carol Dowling
Coordinator, Honours Program, CAS
Ph: 61+ 8 9266 2649

Or drop in for a chat:

Building 211 Room 141 on the ground floor of the CAS building (enter through the foyer)