Course summary

The Bachelor of Indigenous Studies 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. It prepares graduates for all workplaces but particularly for employment with government, communities and organisations working with Indigenous peoples.

The Bachelor of Indigenous Studies 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. It prepares graduates for all workplaces but particularly for employment with government, communities and organisations working with Indigenous peoples.

Students can select majors to suit their areas of interest from disciplines across the University including:

  • Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Law and Justice
  • Organisational Management
  • Sustainability
  • Trauma and Healing.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

apply critical analysis to Indigenous social and cultural situations and problems.

Creativity

develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary Indigenous and historical social and cultural issues.

Ethical practice

investigate and evaluate issues with references to principles of social justice and equity in relation to Indigenous peoples.

Knowledge of a discipline

demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to interact in a culturally competent way with Indigenous communities.

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

demonstrate a command of one other major area of study.

Cultural competence

Data conversion


Course overview

Course code

3009100

Course abbreviation

BIndigSt

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 337100 057001
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $19,840 ($2,480 per unit) 048631F

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 Studies a candidate needs to successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. eight (8) elective units from Part B; and
    3. an eight (8) unit major from Part C majors list
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Indigenous Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. eight (8) elective units from Part B
  3. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Indigenous Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A
  4. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Indigenous Studies may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Indigenous Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.
  5. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Indigenous Studies may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Indigenous Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A (Core)

CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
CUL00402 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
LAW00055 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Issues Introductory
SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management Advanced
HEA10202 - The Story of Healing/Indigenous Healing Introductory

Part B

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
Students may choose from ‘University wide Majors’ or the following major.

Trauma and Healing

Compulsory:
CSL00416 - Cultural and Spiritual Well-Being Intermediate
HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
HEA10201 - The Biological Effects of Traumatic Stress Introductory
HEA10203 - Healing Childhood Traumatisation Introductory
HEA10204 - Secondary Traumatisation Introductory
Plus three (3) units from the following:
SOC00417 - Race and Racism Advanced
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BHS11001 - Introduction to Psychology I Introductory
BHS30002 - Abnormal Psychology Intermediate
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory

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
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HEA10202 - The Story of Healing/Indigenous Healing Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CUL00402 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
LAW00055 - Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders and Contemporary Legal Issues Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management Advanced

Year 2, Session 1

1st Trauma and Healing unit HEA10204 - Secondary Traumatisation Introductory
2nd Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units
1st unit from: Part B
2nd unit from: Part B

Year 2, Session 2

3rd Trauma and Healing unit CSL00416 - Cultural and Spiritual Well-Being Intermediate
4th Trauma and Healing unit HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
5th Trauma and Healing unit HEA10201 - The Biological Effects of Traumatic Stress Introductory
6th Trauma and Healing unit HEA10204 - Secondary Traumatisation Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
3rd unit from: Part B
4th unit from: Part B
5th unit from: Part B
7th unit from Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units

Year 3, Session 2

6th unit from: Part B
7th unit from: Part B
8th unit from: Part B
8th Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.

Year 1, Session 1

CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HEA10202 - The Story of Healing/Indigenous Healing Introductory

Year 1, Session 2

CUL00402 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
LAW00055 - Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders and Contemporary Legal Issues Introductory

Year 1, Session 3

SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management Advanced

Year 2, Session 1

1st unit from: Part B
2nd unit from: Part B
Student will need to choose which University Wide Major they wish to complete. Please see University-wide majors
1st University Wide Major unit
2nd University Wide Major unit

Year 2, Session 2

3rd unit from: Part B
4th unit from: Part B
3rd University Wide Major unit
4th University Wide Major unit

Year 3, Session 1

5th unit from: Part B
6th unit from: Part B
5th University Wide Major unit
6th University Wide Major unit

Year 3, Session 2

7th unit from: Part B
8th unit from: Part B
7th University Wide Major unit
8th University Wide Major unit

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 2 and so on.

Year 1, Session 2

CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
LAW00055 - Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders and Contemporary Legal Issues Introductory
CUL00402 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate

Year 1, Session 3

SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management Advanced

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HEA10202 - The Story of Healing/Indigenous Healing Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
1st unit from: Part B

Year 2, Session 2

2nd unit from: Part B
1st Trauma and Healing unit HEA10204 - Secondary Traumatisation Introductory
2nd Trauma and Healing unit CSL00416 - Cultural and Spiritual Well-Being Intermediate
3rd Trauma and Healing unit HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory

Year 3, Session 1

3rd unit from: Part B
4th unit from: Part B
4th Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units
5th Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units

Year 3, Session 2

5th unit from: Part B
6th unit from: Part B
6th Trauma and Healing unit HEA10201 - The Biological Effects of Traumatic Stress Introductory
7th Trauma and Healing unit HEA10204 - Secondary Traumatisation Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
7th unit from: Part B
8th unit from: Part B
8th Trauma and Healing unit from: Trauma and Healing Option Units

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 2 and so on.

Year 1, Session 2

CUL00401 - Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
LAW00055 - Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders and Contemporary Legal Issues Introductory
CUL00402 - Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate

Year 2, Session 3

SOY00419 - Caring for Kuntri: Indigenous Environmental Management Advanced

Year 2, Session 1

CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HEA10202 - The Story of Healing/Indigenous Healing Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
1st unit from: Part B

Year 2, Session 2

2nd unit from: Part B
3rd unit from: Part B
Students will need to choose which University Wide Major they wish to complete. Please seeUniversity-wide majors
1st University Wide Major unit
2nd University Wide Major unit

Year 3, Session 1

4th unit from: Part B
5th unit from: Part B
3rd University Wide Major unit
4th University Wide Major unit

Year 3, Session 2

6th unit from: Part B
7th unit from: Part B
5th University Wide Major unit
6th University Wide Major unit

Year 4, Session 1

8th unit from: Part B
7th University Wide Major unit
8th University Wide Major unit

Unit groups

Trauma and Healing Option Units

Title Level of learning Note
SOC00417 - Race and Racism Advanced
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BHS11001 - Introduction to Psychology I Introductory
BHS30002 - Abnormal Psychology Intermediate
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory