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Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Course Description

This course addresses a large void in the education market place, namely how the planning system can support the range of 'Close the Gap’ initiatives and will educate practicing planners on how to plan with, for and in Indigenous Communities, and provide an insight into the planning system for Indigenous people.

Who is it for?

This course is well placed to support the Aboriginal and Islander Councils in Queensland, and Aboriginal Organisations and Shire Councils in the Northern Territory, and will support International Development initiatives in the Pacific and South East Asia.
On completion of this you will have gained an understanding of, and an appreciation for:
*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.

This course is available to International students via distance or external education only.

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities (GCertPlanIndigComm)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

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.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

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