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Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

About this course

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.

Career opportunities

Positions in project management or administration with Indigenous or other community-based organisations; professional pathways in the private or public sector such as health services, paralegal work, social welfare, environmental management, business and management; in local, state or federal government organisations that specifically focus on Indigenous issues as part of their portfolio.

Graduates can also pursue a range of career opportunities within the higher and tertiary education sectors, particularly where foundational skills in relation to Indigenous peoples, cultures and issues are required. 

Major areas of study

Majors include:

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

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

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, presentations, group work, journals, online activities and exams.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

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Course requirements

  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

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'