Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

124811 v.3 Graduate Certificate in Local Studies


Course CRICOS Code: 029830A
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years


This course provides the theoretical foundations and practical applications for managing resources in the field of community, local and family history. Students study the information needs of historical researchers, the wide range of materials with whichthey work, the organisational skills of indexing, storing and retrieving information (using both manual and automated systems) and effective methods of managing documentary, audio-visual and electronic heritage resources. Working in the area of local studies requires an interest in history, exceptional communication and organisational skills, the ability to network with the local community and a desire to enhance access to resources.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A degree in an appropriate discipline.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study. External study is also available.

Professional Recognition

This course does not confer eligibility for membership of professional bodies in the areas of librarianship, records management, or archives.

Career Opportunities

It is expected that graduates are employed in local studies collections in libraries (if they have prior professional qualifications) or in historical associations, family history societies and local authorities. If they have a first degree in a generalist area they may also use the skills developed as a basis for employment in other fields, for example research and administrative positions.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. Reliable and regular internet access is also required. Students may incur a cost for personal internet access.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

11228 v.5   Heritage Studies (Local History) 512 3.0 25.0
12157 v.4   Information Studies 523 - Archives Concepts and Practice 3.0 25.0
12161 v.6   Information Studies 525 - Conservation and Preservation 3.0 25.0
12442 v.3   Information Studies 501 - Information Management Technologies 3.0 25.0
13419 v.5   Information Studies 542 - Applied Local Studies 3.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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