Course summary

The Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge is specifically designed to communicate and generate a better understanding of Indigenous world views by exploring past and present histories in a culturally diverse and supportive environment.

The degree increases awareness of Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples' histories, ways of living and social commitments while raising understanding between all people of matters relevant to a shared and valued future. The course offers majors to prepare graduates for diverse professional pathways where a sound basis of Indigenous knowledge is required. Students begin studying these majors from their second year. 

Scholarship and contemporary academic development and standards in Indigenous and non-Indigenous contexts are a core component in preparing graduates for employment pathways.

The Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge is specifically designed to communicate and generate a better understanding of Indigenous world views by exploring past and present histories in a culturally diverse and supportive environment.

The degree increases awareness of Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples' histories, ways of living and social commitments while raising understanding between all people of matters relevant to a shared and valued future. The course offers majors to prepare graduates for diverse professional pathways where a sound basis of Indigenous knowledge is required. Students begin studying these majors from their second year. 

Scholarship and contemporary academic development and standards in Indigenous and non-Indigenous contexts are a core component in preparing graduates for employment pathways.

Majors include:

  • Community and Land Management
  • Aboriginal Health Care (University approval pending) 

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

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Creativity

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

Ethical practice

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

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

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

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

Communication and social skills

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

Cultural competence

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


Course overview

Course code

3009250

Course abbreviation

BIndigK

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 337118 057701
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $20,880 ($2,610 per unit) 093086G

Course requirements

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

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge, a candidate shall successfully complete twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. All sixteen (16) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. One (1) eight (8) unit Major, selected from Part B of the Schedule of Units; or
    3. One (1) eight (8) unit University-Wide Major, selected from the University-wide Schedule of Majors
  2. To be eligible for the exit award of Associate Degree of Indigenous Knowledge, a candidate shall successfully complete sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. All sixteen (16) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; or
    2. Any twelve (12) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. Any four (4) units in a Major, selected from Part B of the Schedule of Units; or
    4. Any four (4) units in a University-Wide Major, selected from the University-wide Schedule of Majors
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge, has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Indigenous Knowledge may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Indigenous Knowledge following withdrawal from the Bachelor degree.
  4. To be eligible for the exit award of Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge, a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units comprising:
    1. Any eight (8) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; or
    2. Any six (6) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. Any two (2) units in a Major, selected from Part B of the Schedule of Units; or
    4. Any two (2) units in a University-Wide Major selected from the University-wide Schedule of Majors
  5. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor or Indigenous Knowledge, has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC71005 - Colonising Histories Introductory
HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
HUM72015 - Racism and Eugenics Intermediate
SOC72001 - Aboriginal Social Realities Intermediate
HUM73004 - Lateral Violence Advanced
HUM73002 - Cognitive Justice Advanced
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced

Part B

The Majors 'Aboriginal Community Education' and 'Indigenous Arts and Media' are not currently offered.
Note 1
Note 1

Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
This Course Progression Table assumes that you are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with a single major in Session 1 without any advanced standing. It also assumes that you are studying full-time in Sessions 1 and 2 with no enrolment in Session 3 units. If you
• will or have received advanced standing and/or
• are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge in Sessions 2 and/or
• are enrolling in Session 3 units please email gnibistudent@scu.edu.au for advice on a revised study plan
Year 1, Session 1
HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC71005 - Colonising Histories Introductory
HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
SOC72001 - Aboriginal Social Realities Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
HUM72015 - Racism and Eugenics Intermediate
ART71001 - Aboriginal Visual Arts Studio I Introductory
COM72004 - Aboriginal Media and Design I Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
ART71002 - Aboriginal Visual Arts Studio II Introductory
COM73003 - Aboriginal Media and Design II Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
ART72001 - Aboriginal Visual Arts Studio III Intermediate
HUM72005 - Indigenous Design Futures I Intermediate
HUM73004 - Lateral Violence Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
ART72002 - Aboriginal Visual Arts Studio IV Intermediate
HUM73010 - Indigenous Design Futures II Advanced
HUM73002 - Cognitive Justice Advanced
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
This Course Progression Table assumes that you are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with a single major in Session 1 without any advanced standing. It also assumes that you are studying full-time in Sessions 1 and 2 with no enrolment in Session 3 units. If you • will or have received advanced standing and/or • are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge in Sessions 2 and/or • are enrolling in Session 3 units please email gnibistudent@scu.edu.au for advice on a revised study plan
Year 1, Session 1
HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC71005 - Colonising Histories Introductory
HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
SOC72001 - Aboriginal Social Realities Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
HUM72015 - Racism and Eugenics Intermediate
Choose 1st Major unit from: LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution OR HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage OR MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I OR MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Introductory
Choose 2nd Major unit from: LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution OR HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage OR MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I OR MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
Choose 3rd Major unit from: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues OR MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II OR TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism OR LAW73010 - The Model Litigant OR BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Introductory Note 2
Choose 4th Major unit from: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues OR MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II OR TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism OR LAW73010 - The Model Litigant OR BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Introductory Note 2
Year 3, Session 1
HUM73004 - Lateral Violence Advanced
IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
Choose 5th Major unit from: LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution OR HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage OR MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I OR MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Introductory
Choose 6th Major unit from: LAW00214 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution OR HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage OR MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I OR MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
HUM73002 - Cognitive Justice Advanced
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
Choose 7th Major unit from: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues OR MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II OR TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism OR LAW73010 - The Model Litigant OR BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Introductory Note 2
Choose 8th Major unit from: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues OR MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II OR TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism OR LAW73010 - The Model Litigant OR BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Introductory Note 2

Title Level of learning Note
This Course Progression Table assumes that you are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge with a single major in Session 1 without any advanced standing. It also assumes that you are studying full-time in Sessions 1 and 2 with no enrolment in Session 3 units. If you
• will or have received advanced standing and/or
• are commencing the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge in Session 2 and/or
• are enrolling in Session 3 units
please email gnibistudent@scu.edu.au for advice on a revised study plan
Year 1, Session 1
HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC71005 - Colonising Histories Introductory
HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
SOC72001 - Aboriginal Social Realities Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
HUM72015 - Racism and Eugenics Intermediate
HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
EDU01308 - Indigenous Australians in Education Advanced
EDU72010 - Aboriginal Language and Culture in the Classroom I Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
SOC73002 - Living Knowledge Advanced
EDU71001 - Aboriginal Pedagogy Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
HUM73004 - Lateral Violence Advanced
IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
EDU10633 - Vocational Education and Training in Schools and Industry Advanced
HUM71002 - Aboriginal Language, Culture and Community I Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
HUM73002 - Cognitive Justice Advanced
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
HUM72010 - Aboriginal Language, Culture and Community II Intermediate
EDU73001 - Aboriginal Language and Culture in the Classroom II Advanced

Notes

Note 1: Not currently offered.
Note 2: If selecting the unit Aboriginal Social Enterprise II as part of your major, it should be undertaken after completion of Aboriginal Social Enterprise I.