Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 14 October

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International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March
February
Course code
3009250
Course abbreviation
BIndigK
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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. The majors in Aboriginal health care and community and land management enable you to focus on an area of interest.

Graduates can consider diverse career opportunities including 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.

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. The majors in Aboriginal health care and community and land management enable you to focus on an area of interest.

Graduates can consider diverse career opportunities including 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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for this course. For more information please view the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge RPL guide.

Language 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

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

Majors include:

  • Community and land management
  • Aboriginal health care*.

Eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge can apply to undertake the one-year Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with Honours, as a pathway to the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies or to other postgraduate programs in the University.

*Please note the Aboriginal health care major is not available to commencing students or continuing students who have not yet selected a major.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1
OnlineTerm  1

Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at Lismore campus for some units.

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1$28,000 ($3,500 per unit)093086G
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Exercise analytical thinking, critical thinking and and reasoning and problem solving skills

Demonstrate innovative, sensitive and creative responses and solutions to challenges in cultural and indigenous and community contexts

Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, social responsibility, ethics and human rights in cultural and indigenous contexts

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and integrated body of knowledge of cultural concepts and indigenous ways of knowing and being

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological or cultural influences that impact indigenous cultural settings

Integrate responsibility for independent, self-directed learning and reflective practice

Locate, analyse, evaluate, and use information from a range of sources

Communicate sensitively and appropriately in an oral and written forms as appropriate in a variety of cultural and indigenous contexts

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of collaboration and teamwork and communication skills in cultural and indigenous settings

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous contemporary realities and protocols


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, presentations, group work, journals, online activities and exams.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

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.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

INDG1006Indigenous Scholarship
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge
INDG1004Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
INDG3002Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
INDG1009Colonising Histories
INDG2012Indigenous Rights
INDG1003The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG2003Country, Culture and Heritage
INDG1011Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues
INDG3004Indigenous Australians in Education
INDG3001Caring for Country
INDG2015Aboriginal Social Enterprise I
INDG2010Indigenous Health Promotion I
Students can select either the below listed Indigenous Knowledge major (96 credit points), OR one university shared major (96 credit points) OR eight elective units (96 credit points) from university wide offerings.

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
INDG1007Introduction to Indigenous Research
INDG1010Trauma and Resilience I
INDG2016Aboriginal Social Enterprise II
INDG2008Racism and Eugenics
INDG2011Aboriginal Social Realities
INDG5001Living Knowledge: The Rights of Country
INDG2013Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability
INDG3003Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement)


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

INDG1006Indigenous Scholarship
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1004Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
N/A
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG2003Country, Culture and Heritage
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3,5
Term3,5
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
INDG5001Living Knowledge: The Rights of Country
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
N/A
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG1011Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
INDG1003The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

INDG1010Trauma and Resilience I
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1009Colonising Histories
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
INDG2015Aboriginal Social Enterprise I
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
N/A
Online
Term2
Term2
INDG2008Racism and Eugenics
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG2012Indigenous Rights
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG2013Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
INDG3004Indigenous Australians in Education
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit is relevant to education students.

Third Year

INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG2010Indigenous Health Promotion I
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1007Introduction to Indigenous Research
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
INDG2011Aboriginal Social Realities
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG3002Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students have completed INDG1007 - Introduction to Indigenous Research AND INDG2005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) before enrolling in this unit.
INDG2016Aboriginal Social Enterprise II
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students should be enrolled in or have completed INDG2015 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I before enrolling in INDG2016 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II.
INDG3003Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement)
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students should be enrolled in or have completed INDG2005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) before enrolling in INDG3003 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement).

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

INDG1006Indigenous Scholarship
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1004Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
N/A
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG2003Country, Culture and Heritage
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3,5
Term3,5
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG1011Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
INDG1003The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG1009Colonising Histories
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
INDG2015Aboriginal Social Enterprise I
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
N/A
Online
Term2
Term2
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG2012Indigenous Rights
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3004Indigenous Australians in Education
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit is relevant to education students.

Third Year

INDG2005Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG2010Indigenous Health Promotion I
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3002Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students have completed INDG1007 - Introduction to Indigenous Research AND INDG2005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) before enrolling in this unit.
Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Shared Major Unit OR Elective


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