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Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Bachelors Degree

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

The course generates greater understanding of Indigenous world views, by exploring histories, knowledge systems, determinants of health and wellbeing and ways of living, in a culturally diverse and supportive environment. You will build theoretical and practical capability in areas including cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. You'll learn to engage with communities and work towards better environmental, social and economic outcomes. The majors in Aboriginal health care and community and land management enable you to focus on an area of interest.

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

*Please note the Aboriginal health care major is not available to commencing students or continuing students who have not yet selected a major.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
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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.

Course requirements

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.

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.

Note 1:

Double weighted unit

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

INDG1006 Indigenous Scholarship
INDG1002 Indigenous Knowledge
INDG1004 Aboriginal Cultural Strengths
INDG3001 Caring for Country
INDG1007 Introduction to Indigenous Research
INDG2005 Working with Aboriginal Communities I (Professional Engagement)
INDG3003 Working with Aboriginal Communities II (Professional Placement)
INDG3002 Independent Study: Indigenous Research Project


Unit Code Unit Title Notes
INDG1011 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues
INDG2003 Country, Culture and Heritage
INDG2015 Aboriginal Social Enterprise I
INDG2016 Aboriginal Social Enterprise II
INDG2014 Aboriginal Organisational Principles and Practices
INDG2013 Aboriginal Community Organisations: Ethics and Sustainability
INDG2007 Indigenous Tourism
ENVR3004 Protected Area Management

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
INDG1012 Aboriginal Health Care Network
INDG2010 Indigenous Health Promotion I
INDG3007 Indigenous Health Promotion II
INDG3006 Elder Care and Wellness
INDG3005 Chronic Care
INDG2006 Addiction and Aboriginal Communities
INDG2009 Indigenous Case Management and Care Planning
INDG3008 The Therapeutic Community

Elective Units

INDG1001 Indigenous World-Views
INDG1009 Colonising Histories
INDG2012 Indigenous Rights
INDG2008 Racism and Eugenics
INDG2011 Aboriginal Social Realities
INDG1003 The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples
INDG1008 Aboriginal Community Wellbeing
INDG2001 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG2004 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
INDG1010 Trauma and Resilience I
INDG2002 Trauma and Resilience II
HUM73006 Learning On Country Note 1