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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location

    Lismore, Online
    All students must attend the compulsory tutorial and residential.

  • Placement

    No  

  • Course abbreviation

    DIndigPh

  • Course code

    1447189

  • Credit points

    288

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • 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

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location


    All students must attend the compulsory tutorial and residential.

  • Placement

    No  

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

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.

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“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

apply critical analysis to Indigenous social and cultural realities.

GA2: Creativity

develop innovative and creative responses to 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

create and transmit concepts and theories that contribute to the emergence of knowledge in a major area of study.

GA5: Lifelong learning

demonstrate well-developed reflective practice and autonomy in ongoing professional development.

GA6: Communication and social skills

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

GA7: Cultural competence

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

The focus of the candidate’s research will be negotiated and agreed to by the candidate, their supervisor, and the Dean 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 terms.

Location Teaching period
LismoreTerm  1
OnlineTerm  1

Career Outcomes

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.

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

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 Score or equivalent7.0
Readingminimum 6.5
Writingminimum 7.0
Listeningminimum 6.5
Speakingminimum 6.5

Credit for prior learning

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

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) of study and research comprising:

  • 3 double-weighted units (72 credit points), and 
  • 2 single-weighted units (24 credit points), and 
  • 1 thesis unit (192 credit points)

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

Part time students should undertake units in the order listed when units are available

First Year

INDG7007Advanced Academic Skills for Postgraduates
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG7004Indigenous Research Theory and Practice
Term2
24 Note 1, Note 4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
Term2
INDG7002Learning from Country
Term3
24 Note 1, Note 4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
INDG7003Knowing with Community
Term4
12 Note 3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
Term4
INDG7005Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Research Proposal
Summer Term
Term5
24 Note 1, Note 4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Summer Term
Term5
N/A
Pre-requisitesTo successfully complete this unit you should have completed 72 credit points in the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies

Second Year

INDG7006Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies Thesis
Summer Term
Term1,2,3,4,5
192 Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Summer Term
Term1,2,3,4,5
N/A
Enrolment informationGnibi recommends that students complete 96 credit points in the 1447189 - Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies before enrolling in this unit.


Note 1:

Double-weighted unit

Note 2:

16-unit equivalent

Note 3:

Compulsory 3 hours tutorial weekly

Note 4:

Compulsory 1 day Residential weekly

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

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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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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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