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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Location

    Lismore

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    BIndigK (Hons)

  • Course code

    3507184

  • Credit points

    96

  • Equivalent units

    8

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Location

  • Placement

    No  

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

This year-long program can transform your interest in research into a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous knowledge and culture.

With the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll select a topic, develop your thesis and engage in research that speaks to your passion as well as to a broader and deeper cultural importance.

While advancing your analytic, writing and research skills, you will also open the way to more diverse career options, or even further study towards a doctorate.

Best of all, completion of this degree will see your research contribute new knowledge and perspective of Indigenous life and culture.

Student sitting in front of law books

“We look at a broad range of ideas and concepts. It’s a way of contextualising the world we live in. And for non-Indigenous people who want to work with Indigenous communities, it gives a better understanding of the context we live in.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

develop the capacity for advanced independent critical analysis of Indigenous social and cultural realities.

GA2: Creativity

demonstrate theoretical understandings of contemporary and historical Indigenous social and cultural issues.

GA3: Ethical practice

apply Indigenous knowledge systems to investigate and evaluate principles of social justice and equity.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

demonstrate knowledge of culturally safe research approaches necessary when engaging with Indigenous communities.

GA5: Lifelong learning

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

GA6: Communication and social skills

demonstrate the knowledge and communication skills necessary to interact appropriately with diverse Indigenous communities.

GA7: Cultural competence

demonstrate the knowledge and communication skills necessary to interact appropriately with diverse Indigenous communities.

Location Teaching period
LismoreTerm  1

Career Outcomes

An honours degree can lead to a career in research and academia to pursue further higher research degree options such as a PhD. Honours in Indigenous Studies allows students to gain training and mentorship into research capacity development which can be applied to a range of professional applications. These include public policy development in government positions, high-level analysis in community engagement activities and research streams in national and international Indigenous affairs.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

Students applying for the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with Honours are required to participate in an interview with Gnibi academics and Gnibi Elders to demonstrate suitability for entry into the award. 

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

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with Honours, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

4 Honours units (96 credit points)

Class of Honours

This degree may be awarded in the following classes:

1. First Class;

2. Second Class (Division 1);

3. Second Class (Division 2); or

4. Third Class.

Other things to consider

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

INDG4001Indigenous Research Theory and Practice
Dual Term2
24 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents must be admitted to the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with Honours to enrol in this unit.
INDG4002Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 1 of 3)
Dual Term2
24 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete INDG4001 - Indigenous Research Theory and Practice before enrolling in this unit.
INDG4003Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 2 of 3)
Dual Term3
24 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete INDG4001 - Indigenous Research Theory and Practice before enrolling in this unit.
INDG4004Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 3 of 3)
Dual Term3
24 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term3
Dual Term3
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete INDG4001 - Indigenous Research Theory and Practice before enrolling in this unit.


Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
INDG4001Indigenous Research Theory and Practice Note 1
INDG4002Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 1 of 3) Note 1
INDG4003Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 2 of 3) Note 1
INDG4004Indigenous Research Thesis (Stage 3 of 3) Note 1

Why Indigenous Knowledge at SCU

Culturally safe

We deliver a culturally safe, dynamic and innovative course for all people

Strong links

Strong links with local Elders and communities as well as international relationships

Pathways

Pathways to Honours and Postgraduate programs through the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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Our shorter, more focused six-week unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum and motivation as they achieve milestones quickly. Application dates per Term are shown on each course page however refer to our key dates and teaching calendar for detail on when enrolment opens, studies commence and when grades are published. There are also Dual Term and Tri Term calendars for those who have specific subjects.

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