Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 11:43 AM on Wed, 22 September

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Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1447189
Course abbreviation
DIndigPh
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

Southern Cross University is widely acknowledged for its commitment to Indigenous culture, education, participation, respect and reconciliation.

The Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies is a program of study by coursework and research that comprises 24 units which include a research thesis. The course is designed to provide high-level research skills for Indigenous people and for those interested in careers in the Indigenous sector.

The qualification is aimed at providing important and specific opportunities at both national and international levels for Indigenous peoples, those working within Indigenous communities, the private and public sector, for the progression of in-depth studies on issues relevant to Indigenous communal futures.

In leading your own research project – with support and guidance from our experts – you'll work towards providing tangible benefits to Indigenous peoples.

In the process, you'll gather relevant, resonant skills that contribute to Indigenous Knowledges and may lead you into working with, and for, Indigenous communities.

 

Southern Cross University is widely acknowledged for its commitment to Indigenous culture, education, participation, respect and reconciliation.

The Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies is a program of study by coursework and research that comprises 24 units which include a research thesis. The course is designed to provide high-level research skills for Indigenous people and for those interested in careers in the Indigenous sector.

The qualification is aimed at providing important and specific opportunities at both national and international levels for Indigenous peoples, those working within Indigenous communities, the private and public sector, for the progression of in-depth studies on issues relevant to Indigenous communal futures.

In leading your own research project – with support and guidance from our experts – you'll work towards providing tangible benefits to Indigenous peoples.

In the process, you'll gather relevant, resonant skills that contribute to Indigenous Knowledges and may lead you into working with, and for, Indigenous communities.

 

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.

Students applying for the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies must complete a successful interview with Gnibi academics and Elders prior to entry in the degree. 

Credit for prior learning

Advanced standing is applied as per Rule 8 - Professional Doctorate Awards

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
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.0
Writing6.0
Listening6.0
Speaking6.0

About the course

The focus of the candidate’s research will be negotiated and agreed to by the candidate, their supervisor, and the Director of Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. The candidates will be encouraged to restrict their investigations to issues that are relevant and provide benefit to Indigenous peoples.

Note: Students are required to take units in all 3 sessions.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreStudy Period  2, Study Period  4
OnlineStudy Period  2, Study Period  4

All students must attend the compulsory on-campus, one week-long workshop for each unit (two weeks for double-weighted units).

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreStudy Period  2, Study Period  4$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)088054C
OnlineStudy Period  2, Study Period  4$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 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.

All students must attend the compulsory on-campus, one week-long workshop for each unit (two weeks for double-weighted units).

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

Lismore
Online

International students studying in Australia

Lismore

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Online
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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

apply critical analysis to Indigenous social and cultural situations and problems.

develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary Indigenous and historical social and cultural issues.

investigate and evaluate issues with references to principles of social justice and equity in relation to Indigenous people.

demonstrate higher order thinking in a major area of study.

demonstrate a developed capacity to be reflective in practice and self-managed in ongoing professional development.

access and interpret and evaluate sources of information relevant to Indigenous research paradigms.

demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to interact in a culturally competent way with Indigenous communities and other diverse populations.


Assessment methods

Each unit is typically assessed using three tasks, which may include a process-based assignment such as a journal, a performance-based assessment, and a report. Full details of assignments are contained in the study guide for each unit.

The coursework stage units are awarded grades of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit or Pass. In order to proceed to the thesis stage, a candidate must achieve a credit average for the coursework units.

The thesis is not formally assessed during the writing period, but is submitted for examination to external examiners upon completion. The Professional Doctorate will be awarded after the thesis has been examined and determined to meet the requirements of the award.

Teaching methods

Students are encouraged to attend on-campus classes in order to build relationships with other students and Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. On-campus students will experience a variety of teaching approaches based upon Indigenous pedagogy, including story-telling, yarning circles and discussions with Indigenous Elders.

Online students will receive a combination of podcast or video-linked seminars and/or engage in synchronous online video or teleconference discussions. All students are required to attend a week-long (four to five day) intensive workshop for each unit (two weeks for double-weighted units). The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Students who graduate with a Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies will be well placed for a career in research and academia, the government, professional or community sector, working in policy development, service delivery and program evaluation, and as leaders and high-level managers.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

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Current
students

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Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of a professional Doctorate, a candidate shall successfully complete twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) of study and research. At least two-thirds of these units shall require completion of a thesis. 
  2. These units shall be comprised of those in the schedule of units attached to these rules. 
  3. A professional Doctorate shall be in a field approved by the Higher Degrees Research Committee and listed in the Schedule of Professional Doctorates attached to these rules.
  4. All Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies candidates will serve a confirmation period, no longer than six (6) months full-time equivalent.
  5. The process of assessment of the confirmation period will be developed within a general framework approved by the Higher Degrees Research Committee, to be used in the respective Faculty
  6. The assessment of the completion of the confirmation period shall result in one of five outcomes:
    1. Satisfactory: Candidate to be offered full candidature (i.e. confirmation of candidature).
    2. Unsatisfactory: Candidate to revise submission to the satisfaction of the Principal Supervisor and the relevant Director of Research and Research Training.
    3. Unsatisfactory: Candidate to resubmit to confirmation period assessment process.
    4. Remedial action: Where a resubmission results in a further unsatisfactory outcome, a course of remedial action shall be put in place. This may require a review of the Supervisor-Candidate Agreement.
    5. Termination of candidature.

Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
INDG7007Advanced Academic Skills for Postgraduates
INDG7004Indigenous Research Theory and Practice Note 1
INDG7005Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Research Proposal Note 1
INDG7006Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Thesis Note 2
INDG7002Learning from Country Note 1, Note 4
INDG7003Knowing with Community Note 3


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

Year 1, Session 1

INDG7004Indigenous Research Theory and Practice
Study Period2
Note 1, Note 3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period2
N/A
Advanced Academic Skills for Postgraduates

Year 1, Session 2

INDG7003Knowing with Community
Study Period5
Note 5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period5
Study Period5
INDG7002Learning from Country
Study Period4
Note 1, Note 4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period4
Study Period4

Year 1, Session 3

INDG7005Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Research Proposal
Study Period6
Note 1, Note 3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period6
Study Period6
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete INDG7004 - Indigenous Research Theory and Practice

Year 2, Session 1

INDG7006Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Thesis
Research Semester1,2
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Research Semester1,2
Research Semester1,2
Online
Research Semester1,2
N/A

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Year 1, Session 1

INDG7004Indigenous Research Theory and Practice
Study Period2
Note 1, Note 3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period2
N/A

Year 1, Session 2

INDG7003Knowing with Community
Study Period5
Note 5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period5
Study Period5

Year 2, Session 1

INDG7007Advanced Academic Skills for Postgraduates
Study Period3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period3
N/A

Year 2, Session 2

INDG7002Learning from Country
Study Period4
Note 1, Note 4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period4
Study Period4

Year 2, Session 3

INDG7005Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Research Proposal
Study Period6
Note 1, Note 3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period6
Study Period6
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete INDG7004 - Indigenous Research Theory and Practice

Year 3, Session 1

INDG7006Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Thesis
Research Semester1,2
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Research Semester1,2
Research Semester1,2
Online
Research Semester1,2
N/A


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 16-unit equivalent
Note 3: Compulsory 4 Day Residential School
Note 4: Compulsory 10 day Residential school
Note 5: Compulsory 5 day Residential school

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