Social Science and Indigenous Studies
JCU Inherent Requirements for Graduate Diploma of Social Science (103406) and Graduate Certificate of Indigenous Studies (121411)
James Cook University is committed to enhancing student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. The inherent requirements listed for the each course are designed to assist prospective students and all current students to make informed decisions for study.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.
JCU assists students who are experiencing a disability to participate in this course, and achieve the inherent requirements of the course, on the same basis as someone who is not experiencing a disability. To do this, JCU works with our students and placement providers to develop agreed reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Student Disability Policy.
A reasonable adjustment is an arrangement, support, or modification, agreed in an Access Plan to enable participation in learning and achievement of course requirements. Contact JCU’s AccessAbility Services to discuss possible adjustments. Please note that the process of negotiating and implementing reasonable adjustments may take several weeks.
In assessing whether an adjustment is reasonable, the University is entitled, in accordance with the Disability Education Standards, to maintain the inherent requirements of a course. If inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University provides guidance regarding other study options.
How to interpret the inherent requirements
Inherent requirements are presented below as domains and sub-domains and contain the following information:
- The definition of the inherent requirement
- A rationale as to why it is an inherent requirement
- Examples of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities that are required to satisfy the inherent requirements of this course.
The inherent requirements for this course should be read in conjunction with the Course and Subject Handbook.
The inherent requirements of the Social Science and Indigenous Studies are:
|Inherent requirement:||Compliance with Australian Law and professional regulations.|
|Rationale:||Knowledge and understanding of, and compliance with, legislative and regulatory requirements are necessary to reduce the risk of harm to self and others in professional and academic settings, and ensures students are both responsible and accountable for their practice.|
|Inherent requirement:||Demonstrate knowledge of, and engage in, ethical and professional behaviour consistent with all relevant standards.|
|Rationale:||Compliance with standards, codes, guidelines, and policies that facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships for all students/graduates and the people they engage with, supports the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of all.|
|Inherent requirement:||Safe and inclusive practice sufficient to meet professional and academic performance standards.|
|Rationale:||Safe practices protect the rights, interests, and safety of all stakeholders.|
Knowledge and cognitive skills
|Inherent requirement:||Demonstration of the necessary knowledge and cognitive skills to acquire disciplinary understanding and provide professional, competent practice.|
|Rationale:||Successful completion of this course is based on knowledge that must be sourced, understood, and applied appropriately.|
|Inherent requirement:||Apply English literacy skills to accurately acquire and interpret information and convey appropriate messages to meet professional and academic standards.|
|Rationale:||The ability to read, decode, comprehend, interpret, and apply multiple sources of information are essential competencies required for effective professional and academic practice.|
|Inherent requirement:||Accurate processing and reasoning with numbers and numerical concepts for effective professional and academic practice.|
|Rationale:||Competent reasoning and reliable accuracy with numerical concepts are essential competencies required for effective professional and academic practice.|
Information and communication technology (ICT)
|Inherent requirement:||Apply ICT processes and tools fundamental for effective professional and academic practice.|
|Rationale:||Competent knowledge and application of ICTs is necessary for effective practice.|
|Inherent requirement:||Effective, respectful, and professional verbal communication in English to meet professional and academic standards.|
|Rationale:||Effective interaction with spoken English is required for effective learning and to interact appropriately in different situations.|
|Inherent requirement:||Recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal communication skills that enable respectful communication with others.|
|Rationale:||The ability to recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal cues, communicate with congruent and respectful non-verbal behaviour, and be sensitive to individual and/or cultural variations in non-verbal communication is required for safe and effective professional and academic interactions.|
|Inherent requirement:||Ability to produce English text to a standard that provides clear and professional communication, with language usage and style which can be tailored to a specific audience.|
|Rationale:||Effective written communication, in English, is an essential professional and academic capability.|
Sufficient visual acuity to meet professional and academic performance requirements.
|Rationale:||Aspects of the teaching, learning, and working environment are delivered by visual means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required for effective professional and academic performance.|
|Examples:||Ability to process the visual information required to perform duties, use resources, and provide a safe professional, academic, and research environment.|
|Inherent requirement:||Ability to interact with auditory inputs sufficiently to meet professional and academic performance requirements.|
|Rationale:||Aspects of the learning and working environments are delivered by auditory means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required to uphold safety and for effective professional and academic performance.|
|Inherent requirement:||Sustained physical, cognitive, and psychosocial performance sufficient for safe and complete performance in a time-constrained environment.|
|Rationale:||Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in varying periods of time to provide safe and effective practice.|
|Inherent requirement:||Demonstrate behaviour that adapts to diverse and changing situations in professional and academic environments.|
|Rationale:||Behavioural adaptability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Students may be exposed to highly complex situations and are required to have behavioural adaptability to manage these events.|