Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge
Explore Indigenous world views
Interact with Indigenous Knowledge as you learn about country, culture, and ancestry. You’ll explore environmental, legal, and health issues and strive for better outcomes. Conduct a research project. Learn how to engage with Aboriginal communities.
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Course Learning Outcome
- Exercise analytical thinking, critical thinking and and reasoning and problem solving skills.
- Demonstrate innovative, sensitive, creative responses and solutions to challenges in cultural and Indigenous community contexts.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, social responsibility, ethics and human rights in cultural and Indigenous contexts.
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of cultural concepts and Indigenous ways of knowing and being including physical, social, political, ecological or cultural influences that impact Indigenous cultural settings.
- Integrate responsibility for independent, self-directed learning and reflective practice including the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate, and use information from a range of sources.
- Demonstrate collaboration, teamwork and communication skills in cultural and Indigenous settings through communicating sensitively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous contemporary realities and protocols by applying and integrating social, Indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons.
Career opportunities exist in project management or administration with Indigenous, government or community-based organisations, especially those with a focus on Indigenous issues. Typical career sectors include: health services, paralegal work, social welfare, environmental management, education or business.
ATAR of 60 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows
Listening minimum 5.5
Reading minimum 5.5
Speaking minimum 5.5
Writing minimum 5.5
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More information can found in Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning - Southern Cross University (scu.edu.au)
Southern Cross University is renowned for its commitment to Indigenous education. The Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge is an important part of that dedication towards better environmental, social and economic outcomes.
The course generates greater understanding of Indigenous world views, by exploring histories, knowledge systems, determinants of health and wellbeing and ways of living, in a culturally diverse and supportive environment. You will build theoretical and practical capability in areas including cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. You'll learn to engage with communities and work towards better environmental, social and economic outcomes. You can focus your degree with a major in Indigenous Knowledge or choose a shared major from disciplines across the University.
Graduates may consider diverse career opportunities in government, commercial or social enterprise, land management, Indigenous tourism, and Aboriginal, family or environmental health.
Eligible graduates can also apply for further study through Honours and other postgraduate programs.
Recommended Study Pattern
INDG1006 Indigenous Scholarship
INDG1002 Indigenous Knowledge
INDG1004 Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
INDG2005 Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
INDG3002 Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project
INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
INDG1009 Colonising Histories
INDG2012 Indigenous Rights
INDG1003 The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples
INDG2001 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG2003 Country, Culture and Heritage
INDG1011 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues
INDG3004 Indigenous Australians in Education
INDG3001 Caring for Country
INDG2015 Aboriginal Social Enterprise I
INDG2010 Indigenous Health Promotion I
Indigenous Knowledge Major
INDG1007 Introduction to Indigenous Research
INDG1010 Trauma and Resilience I
INDG2016 Aboriginal Social Enterprise II
INDG2008 Racism and Eugenics
INDG2011 Aboriginal Social Realities
INDG5001 Living Knowledge: The Rights of Country
INDG2013 Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability
INDG3003 Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement)
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
- 16 core units (192 credit points), and
- 1 major (96 credit points) OR
- 1 shared major (96 credit points) OR
- 8 university wide electives (96 credit points).
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Indigenous Knowledge after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising 8 core units and 8 elective/major units.
Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 5 core units and 3 elective units.