More than 120 years ago, Banjo Paterson described the Northern Territory as a “vast wild land, full of huge possibilities”.And he was right.So how did a relatively small population, spread sparsely across an area, one–fifth the land mass of Australia, with little educational resources to speak of, turn those possibilities into a reality?By creating a study environment where the freedom exists for people to evolve their lives.Today this environment is captured at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The beginning

The seed of CDU dates back to Darwin in the 1950s.With no offices or permanent staff, adult education classes in typing, shorthand and French were first conducted in school premises and taught by teachers working outside of normal hours.Darwin’s Adult Education Centre’s first full-time Principal Harold Garner brought tremendous energy to the role.On enrolment day the Centre resembled an ant’s nest, thriving with activity.It was the first institution to offer post-secondary studies in the Northern Territory.In March 1974 Darwin’s Adult Education Centre graduated to become the Darwin Community College.Nine months later, on Christmas eve, Cyclone Tracey struck Darwin, the college directly in its path in the maximum destruction zone.

The Darwin Community College was later known as the Darwin Institute of Technology.Talk of a university in the Territory had been brewing as far back as the 1950s.The objectives – to stop the brain drain south, conduct research into the Territory’s unique desert and tropical environments, and aid in development towards statehood.This would take another name change for the Darwin Community College.The Federal Government’s introduction of the Unified National System finally come to fruition in 1989, with the establishment of the Northern Territory University.There was one last merger, this time with the Alice Spring’s Centralian College in 2003, and one last name change to ‘Charles Darwin University’(CDU).

Today

Territorians no longer have to send their children away from home for a University education. From this year (2011), students, for the first time ever, need not leave the Territory to become doctors.A five-star rating for research from the Good Universities Guide acknowledges CDU’s place on the world stage.Providing research that is helping to solve global challenges and close to home.There is no better example of this than the Menzies School of Health Research which is improving indigenous health outcomes in tropical and Central Australia.CDU is the only Australian university to offer the full spectrum of education options from senior secondary, through to VET, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.The Northern Territory community has responded to this with the highest per capita participation in Higher Education in the country.CDU continues to attract students from around the world. Currently, there are more than 22,000 students enrolled, including over 8,000 interstate and overseas.The University’s adaptive and altruistic culture has allowed it to not only survive but thrive in a changing world.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

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The Bachelor of Arts provides graduates with the ability to understand and study human society. It develops high levels of written and oral communication skills in the hu ... [+]

Bachelor of Arts (BART)

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The Bachelor of Arts provides graduates with the ability to understand and study human society. It develops high levels of written and oral communication skills in the humanities and social sciences, including history, Greek, Chinese (Mandarin) and Indonesian studies, political science and sociology. It prepares graduates for research training at Honours and postgraduate level. It is available for external and internal modes of study.

The course includes a common year one, providing an excellent foundation for further study in either our core specialists areas of history or political science (must select one or combination of the two).A second specialist pathway of study is available in languages, creative arts and industries, communications, business administration, psychology, economics, marketing, Indigenous knowledge systems or creative writing. Combinations of these specialist areas of study provide graduates with distinctive qualifications that lead to interesting and rewarding careers. The course builds on the university's unique location in northern Australia, adjacent to southeast Asia. Employment opportunities include federal, state and territory government, land councils, museums, non-government agencies and the corporate sector, particularly where these organisations engage with central and northern Australia and Asia... [-]

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Bachelor of Science (BSCI)

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This course enables students to study towards science and science education career options supported by the School of Environmental and Life Sciences. This course offers flexibility and diversity with a focus on gaining professional experience, whether as a biologist, spatial scientist, science educator, chemist or in other science fields. Students can study externally or internally and may choose to integrate studies from a variety of areas outside of traditional science disciplines into their science degree. A range of options for pathways to courses offered by Flinders University, James Cook University and Australian National University are also available.... [-]

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The Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy degree provides an opportunity for students to engage intellectually and in hands-on ways with concepts and ... [+]

Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy (BATSIA)

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Batchelor Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocacy degree provides an opportunity for students to engage intellectually and in hands-on ways with concepts and practices based on Indigenous knowledge systems. The core units and the course specializations are designed to privilege and advance the exploration and practical application of knowledge from the rich cultural traditions and contemporary social experiences of Indigenous peoples. The course of study promotes the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those who work with them, to provide accountable leadership, advocate for and empower people and communities in their aspirations for cultural maintenance and reclamation, and for effective participation in contemporary Australian social, cultural and economic life.... [-]

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This accounting course provides students with a sound knowledge base in financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, business law, and finance ... [+]

Bachelor of Accounting (BACC)

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Alice Springs CDU Melbourne CDU Sydney Casuarina Campus External Studies

This accounting course provides students with a sound knowledge base in financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, business law, and finance.

This vocationally oriented and student-centered course provides students with employment and professional skills needed in a rapidly changing business environment. It allows for flexibility of study and prepares students for careers in a variety of business fields. In addition, communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills are emphasized.

Students have a wide choice of business units from which to choose and electives that will complement their personal interests and career options. Alternatively, students may select electives from other disciplines including language studies, anthropology, history, social science, Indigenous studies, applied science, and engineering.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

This vocationally orientated and student-centered course provides students with the career and professional skills needed in a rapidly changing business environment. It a ... [+]

Bachelor of Commerce (BCOMR)

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Alice Springs Campus CDU Melbourne CDU Sydney Casuarina Campus External Studies

This vocationally orientated and student-centered course provides students with the career and professional skills needed in a rapidly changing business environment. It allows for flexibility of study and prepares students for careers in a variety of business fields. In addition, communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills are emphasized.

This course meets the needs of various professional bodies and the community. Students have a wide choice of units based on their personal and career interests.

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Charles Darwin University

This course develops theoretical and practical skills in the design of the built environment as well as skills in computer-aided design and the preparation of design and ... [+]

Bachelor of Design (BDES)

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Casuarina Campus

This course develops theoretical and practical skills in the design of the built environment as well as skills in computer-aided design and the preparation of design and working drawings. The focus is placed on the special requirements for architecture, interior design and building construction in hot-humid tropical environments. The skills gained in this course will equip graduates to fulfill roles in the architecture and interior design industries. Other opportunities include further study leading to a degree in architecture and registration as an architect.

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Charles Darwin University

This course prepares students to be teachers in primary schools (Transition to Year 7). It meets both national and local need for teachers of exemplary practice committed ... [+]

Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEDP)

This course prepares students to be teachers in primary schools (Transition to Year 7). It meets both national and local need for teachers of exemplary practice committed to enhancing educational outcomes for all children and young adults. It emphasizes improving the teaching-learning relationship in the classroom, raising awareness of issues surrounding Indigenous education and developing an informed, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching in primary settings. The course comprises discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies, general education studies and professional experience.

The course is both theoretical and practical, providing a sound knowledge base in the core content areas of the school curriculum, knowledge of contemporary approaches to issues in education such as inclusivity, child, and adolescent development and promoting positive behavior, and extensive experience in school settings.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

This course includes specializations in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and electronics engineering and mechanical engineering. Emphasis is placed on ... [+]

Bachelor of Engineering (BENG)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

This course includes specializations in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and electronics engineering and mechanical engineering. Emphasis is placed on learning through project work with students being exposed to professional engineering practice through guest lectures by practicing engineers, site visits, and work experience.

CDU engineering courses were developed in consultation with industry representatives. Students graduate with a solid foundation of engineering studies as well as the advantage of an education that is directly aligned with industry requirements.

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Charles Darwin University

This course is a professionally oriented, multidisciplinary program that enables students to acquire a broad base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in unique ... [+]

Bachelor of Environmental Science (BES)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

This course is a professionally oriented, multidisciplinary program that enables students to acquire a broad base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in unique environments of the Northern Territory. It includes a strong focus on environmental science and management in tropical and desert environments in the Australian and Asia-Pacific region. The course provides students with a thorough knowledge of environmental science and management, together with the ability to access information efficiently and apply scientific methodologies across a hierarchy of scales ranging from the level of organisms in communities through to landscape-level ecosystem functioning and global processes in order to evaluate, understand and predict the nature of environmental change.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

The Exercise and Sport Science course is designed to equip graduates as allied health professionals who use exercise as an intervention to improve health and fitness, enh ... [+]

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (BESS)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Exercise and Sport Science course is designed to equip graduates as allied health professionals who use exercise as an intervention to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance and prevent and rehabilitate injury in both healthy (including athletes) and physically challenged (such as aged and injured) populations. This course has a physiotherapy preparation stream designed to provide a pathway to the Master of Physiotherapy offered by Flinders University by undertaking additional specialist units.

Exercise and Sport Science graduates have diverse employment opportunities in fitness, sport and health industries.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups, and communities in areas of ... [+]

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies (BHCS)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups, and communities in areas of reduced or limited infrastructure. In particular, students will gain practical skills to work effectively and safely with communities in situations where resources are limited due to geographic location (remoteness), social circumstances, emergency situations or regional disaster.

Themes running through the course include multi-disciplinary practice, challenging cross-cultural constructs and working in remote locations. Students will exit the three-year program with both a foundation in human services work providing eligibility to join the Australian Community Workers Association and practical skills based on the entry/application requirements of Humanitarian Aid agencies for work as a generic humanitarian logistician.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

Information technology is a challenging and rapidly developing field, with new applications being developed to enhance the environment ... [+]

Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

Information technology is a challenging and rapidly developing field, with new applications being developed to enhance the environment we live in. Students develop an understanding of the underlying principles and applications of Information Technology in the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills which will enable them to adapt to this interesting and dynamic field as professionals. This course recognizes the importance that employers place on people skills and management processes, therefore students will also learn to be problem solvers, decision makers, good communicators and team players. Career opportunities exist in the areas of web design and development, networking, application development, and systems. Study opportunities are also provided to assist students to undertake sought-after industry training modules, including Cisco (internal students) and Microsoft (internal and external students).... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

Students complete 24 units across core units and a choice of specialist units in psychology; two common units and other electives from across the University. The two firs ... [+]

Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPSYS)

Students complete 24 units across core units and a choice of specialist units in psychology; two common units and other electives from across the University. The two first-year core units provide an introduction to a variety of areas within the field of psychology including its history and philosophy, and the importance of empirical methods.

In first year, students are introduced to a range of areas in psychology, while in second and third year core and specialist electives provide more in-depth study of key areas such as research methods, abnormal psychology, social-cultural psychology, learning and motivation, cognitive psychology, the biological bases of behaviour, introduction to forensic psychology and counselling.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

The Bachelor of Social Work is a professionally accredited degree that allows students to meet the requirements for eligibility for membership with the Australian Associa ... [+]

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Bachelor of Social Work is a professionally accredited degree that allows students to meet the requirements for eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers. The degree offers students the opportunity to study the core elements of social work with a focus on issues relevant to the Northern Territory. A key element of student's learning is the requirement to undertake two, 70-day placements in the third and fourth years of study.

Criminal History check: Students must obtain a working with children clearance notice (Ochre Card) and have cleared a Police Check before they can undertake placements. Students whose Police Checks are not cleared will not be able to undertake placements and will not, therefore, be able to complete the requirements of the course.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

Software engineering deals with the development of large and complex software applications. The course provides an understanding of the underlying principles and applicat ... [+]

Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSENG)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

Software engineering deals with the development of large and complex software applications. The course provides an understanding of the underlying principles and applications. It equips graduates with professional knowledge and skills required to adopt this rapidly developing field.

Career opportunities exist in the areas of software engineer and software developer. Study opportunities are also provided to assist students to undertake sought-after industry training modules, including Cisco (internal students) and Microsoft (internal and external students).

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