Course summary

Southern Cross University is renowned for its commitment to Indigenous education. This degree is an important part of that dedication towards better environmental, social and economic outcomes.

If you are interested in how learning and knowledge is shared in the world’s oldest living cultures, the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge will build a strong theoretical and practical capability in areas such as cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and learning.

Conducted in our culturally diverse and supportive campus environment, this degree explores Indigenous histories, knowledge systems, health and wellbeing, and ways of living. You can tailor your studies by choosing a major in either community and land management or in Aboriginal health care.

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.

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.

 

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

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 093086G

Course requirements

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

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

  • 8 core units (96 credit points),
  • 1 major (96 credit points), and
  • 8 equivalent elective units (96 credit points).

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.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
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

Majors

Elective Units

CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
SOC71005 - Colonising Histories Introductory
HUM72020 - Indigenous Rights Intermediate
HUM72015 - Racism and Eugenics Intermediate
SOC72001 - Aboriginal Social Realities Intermediate
CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples Introductory
SOC71001 - Aboriginal Community Wellbeing Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
IHE72006 - Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Intermediate
CSL71001 - Trauma and Resilience I Introductory
CSL72002 - Trauma and Resilience II Intermediate
HUM73006 - Learning On Country Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Course progressions

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

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
Elective Unit

Year 1, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
Core Unit: IHE71001 - Aboriginal Health Care Network Introductory
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 1

Major Unit: IHE73002 - Elder Care and Wellness Advanced
Core Unit: SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
Major Unit: IHE72009 - Indigenous Health Promotion I Intermediate
Major Unit: IHE72007 - Addiction and Aboriginal Communities Intermediate

Year 2, Session 2

Major Unit: IHE73003 - Indigenous Health Promotion II Advanced
Elective Unit
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
Major Unit: IHE72008 - Indigenous Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
Major Unit: IHE73004 - The Therapeutic Community Advanced
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 2

Major Unit: IHE73001 - Chronic Care Advanced
Core Unit: HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
Core Unit: IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
Elective Unit

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
Elective Unit

Year 1, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
Major Unit: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues Introductory
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 1

Elective Unit: TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism Intermediate
Major Unit: HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage Intermediate
Major Unit: MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I Intermediate
Major Unit: MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Intermediate

Year 2, Session 2

Major Unit: MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II Advanced
Elective Unit
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
Major Unit: HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
Core Unit: SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
Core Unit: IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
Elective Unit

Year 3, Study Period 6

Major Unit: BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
Major Unit: IHE71001 - Aboriginal Health Care Network Introductory
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
Elective Unit:
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 2

Elective Unit
Major Unit: IHE72009 - Indigenous Health Promotion I Intermediate
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 1

Major Unit: IHE73002 - Elder Care and Wellness Advanced
Core Unit: SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
Major Unit: IHE73003 - Indigenous Health Promotion II Advanced
Major Unit: IHE72007 - Addiction and Aboriginal Communities Intermediate

Year 3, Session 2

Major Unit: IHE73001 - Chronic Care Advanced
Core Unit: HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
Core Unit: IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
Elective Unit

Year 4, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
Major Unit: IHE72008 - Indigenous Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
Major Unit: IHE73004 - The Therapeutic Community Advanced
Elective Unit

Title Level of learning Note

Year 1, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM71001 - Indigenous Scholarship Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71005 - Aboriginal Cultural Strengths Introductory
Major Unit: LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues Introductory
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM71006 - Indigenous Knowledge Introductory
Core Unit: HUM71003 - Introduction to Indigenous Research Introductory
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 2, Session 2

Major Unit: MNG72011 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise I Intermediate
Elective Unit
Elective Unit
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 1

Core Unit: HUM72012 - Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement) Intermediate
Major Unit: HUM73001 - Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability Advanced
Major Unit: TRM72001 - Indigenous Tourism Intermediate
Elective Unit

Year 3, Session 2

Core Unit: HUM73005 - Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement) Advanced
Core Unit: IST73001 - Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project Advanced
Elective Unit

Year 3, Study Period 6

Major Unit: BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced

Year 4, Session 1

Core Unit: SOC73001 - Caring for Country Advanced
Major Unit: HUM72011 - Country, Culture and Heritage Intermediate
Major Unit: MNG73010 - Aboriginal Social Enterprise II Advanced
Major Unit: MNG72010 - Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices Intermediate

Notes

Note 1: Double weighted unit