Unique Degree Course To Raise Awareness Of Indigenous Issues

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 11-10-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome

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The University of Notre Dame Australia Broome Campus will offer a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Aboriginal Studies) course in 2008.

The new degree course has an emphasis on Aboriginal Studies with a range of elective units to be chosen from the areas of Legal Studies, Social Justice Studies, Politics, Psychology and Sociology. This new degree continues the University’s mission as a Campus of Reconciliation.

The course is focused on developing awareness of the historical, social and legal areas which impact on the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian society. The course also raises students’ awareness of the important role of individuals, and society in general, in addressing issues facing Indigenous Australians.

The three year course includes four compulsory units and four elective units each year, which can be studied externally.

Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, Broome, Associate Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates said offering a Bachelor of Arts degree was an exciting initiative.

“The Broome Campus is ideally located to deliver the degree as it is in a culturally rich and strong region of Western Australia and it has Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal lecturers who will bring to their teaching, extensive experience and qualifications in Aboriginal Studies, Sociology and Legal Studies,” she said.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Broome, Sister Sonia Wagner said the course offered a new and exciting opportunity to promote the process of Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major in Aboriginal Studies) or any of Broome’s courses please contact us on 9192 0600.

Media contact:

Mike Doyle
08 9192 0668