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Bachelor of Indigenous Studies

2014 | 2015 | 2016

About this course

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in areas where a deeper understanding of Indigenous issues is required. Depending on the units completed in the degree, graduates may be suited to positions in project management or administration with Indigenous organisations or in private or public sector areas such as health services, education and training, paralegal and social work, environmental management, humanities and the arts.

Major areas of study

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.

Assessment methods

Gnibi designs assessment methods that are formative, progressive and culturally appropriate to the range of units offered. Care is taken that students are not over-assessed, that assessment includes a balanced sample of the unit and relates directly to unit objectives. The types of assessments vary depending on the unit of study and may include formal written papers, presentations, 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 distance education 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 cut months or years off 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, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.

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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

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 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.

Advanced standing

Candidates who have completed the requirements for the Associate Degree or Diploma of Indigenous Studies may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units in the Bachelor of Indigenous Studies.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course in session 2 and session 3, 2016 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

On-campus

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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