Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

This course creates pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in planning education, and community and regional planning initiatives in Northern Australia. It also educates practicing planners on how to plan with, for and in Indigenous Communities.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Available to international students online. Limited attendance on campus in Cairns required by all students.
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Flexible

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course will possess the expertise and intellectual curiosity required for the sustainable development of Indigenous communities, and will have an understanding of the challenges facing Indigenous Communities in northern Australia and the Tropics worldwide, and how planning can work to address these.  The success of this course will be shared with the Indigenous Communities in northern Queensland through the partnerships we have developed.

Course highlights

You will learn about:

  • The political, legal and institutional contexts of planning in, with and for Indigenous communities;
  • The importance of Indigenous knowledge, culture and perspectives in planning processes;
  • Place based planning theory and methods that legitimises and respects Indigenous people’s connection to land, flora, fauna and water;
  • Indigenous peoples’ property rights and the procedures and institutions established pursuant to legislation developed by both Commonwealth and State or Territory jurisdictions;
  • The concept of cultural heritage, what it means to Indigenous people;
  • The involvement of Indigenous people in making decisions about cultural heritage and intellectual property rights;
  • The main ethical issues and principles involved in the conduct of decision making and planning in indigenous communities.

Course overview

Flexible delivery is available for both Townsville and Cairns students, with attendance in Cairns required for our intensive (block-mode) subjects.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning

AY5026:03 The Practice of Cultural Heritage Management

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Course code

109711

Course Type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of any AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree at this or another university.

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course is 6 (with no component lower than 5.5) or Band 1. The scores associated with each band at JCU can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Post admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning

AY5026:03 The Practice of Cultural Heritage Management

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Flexible delivery is available for both Townsville and Cairns students, but the intensives will be run from Cairns.

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year part time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 2 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 5 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Approved abbreviation

GCertPlanIndigComm

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.