Charles Darwin University

Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Science and Languages

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages is a 6-month course that offers you the opportunity to upskill or reskill and retrain.Available 100%% online or on campus, the course equips you with a solid grounding in key discipline areas of the arts. It is also a direct pathway into related higher education courses, should you wish to continue studying.Apply by 26 February to save 20%% on course fees for 2021.* During this course, you will begin to explore elementary concepts in the arts and social sciences, which will provide you with insight into academic work in these fields and a grounding for more advanced studies. This course will support your learning needs and develop your study skills.On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages, you will be eligible to use the credit you've gained towards further study in a:Diploma of ArtsBachelor of ArtsDiploma of Indigenous ResearchAdvanced standing will be granted for some of or all the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.Should you continue your studies with a Diploma of Arts or Bachelor of Arts at CDU, all credits for an Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Arts, Social Sciences and Languages will be transferred. * Discounted course fees for Undergraduate Certificates are only available to domestic students who apply by 26 February 2021 and enrol in Semester 1 2021. Refer to the fees tab for more information. Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2021.


This 40-credit point course consists of two (2) Core Units and two (2) Specialist Elective units chosen from a range of units at an Introductory level. The combination of introductory and first-year degree level subjects is designed to help you develop introductory knowledge in the arts, social sciences and languages, and the necessary skills for successful university studies.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore (2 units)20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityIAS201 Cultural CapabilitiesSpecialist Elective(2 units) 20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:Indigenous ResearchIND170 Indigenous Research: Guiding PrinciplesIAS124 Contested Knowledges Global HumanitiesIAS101 Indigenous AustraliaIAS102 Northern ExposureIAS133 Introduction to International RelationsIAS131 Colonising AustraliaIAS124 Contested KnowledgesIAS132 Colonial Rule in South East Asia LanguagesIAS161 Language Studies 1IAS162 Language Studies 2 Digital MediaIAS112 Creative Practice in a Digital ContextIAS114 Introduction to Screen MediaIAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation ToolsIAS174 Digital Media and Online Content Design Society and CultureIAS121 Critical and Creative ThinkingIAS122 Ethics and Decision TheoryIAS124 Contested KnowledgesIAS123 Sociological Perspectives 40cpTotal Credit Points 


  • Indigenous Studies and Public Policy, Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent). Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher. Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma. Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications. Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher. Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course. Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina Domestic: $3,690
  • Full-time : 0.5 years
  • Part-time : 1 year
CDU Online Domestic: $3,690
  • Full-time : 0.5 years
  • Part-time : 1 year

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