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Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge

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About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Knowledge provides an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Learning on-Country. This postgraduate course offers a range of theoretical approaches that inform intensive, experiential on-Country learning facilitated primarily by Indigenous people. By experiencing some ways relationships with Country are sustained, students have the opportunity to practice respect and reciprocity with Country and come to an understanding of being and acting in the world from an Indigenous Knowledge framework.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this award will have skills appropriate for a range of careers in all levels of government and non-government organisations and in the private sectors in areas such as tourism, education, health, and the environment.  There are growing opportunities in areas of community legal and native title legal practice, as well as in areas of Indigenous social enterprise.

Major areas of study

A major aspect of this program is developing an understanding of being and acting in the world from an Indigenous Knowledge framework through learning on-Country.

Students study six core units that include: Connecting with Country, Knowing with Community, Cultures of Repair: People and Environment, The Indigenous Estate and Social Enterprise, Indigenous Research in Context, and Living Knowledge.

Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including participation in intensives and yarning circles, readings-based assignments, group presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of Indigenous teaching and learning approaches including yarning circles, Connective Art, lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. While the method of teaching may vary from unit to unit, all teaching and learning spaces are designed for cultural safety and aim to build the cultural competency of students.

The delivery of this course includes a number of on-Country intensive workshops, which are delivered through partnerships with Indigenous peoples and groups. On-Country Learning is land based learning guided by the experience of being in a place and within the paradigm of Indigenous Knowledge.

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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Schedule of units

Further details on Course Structure and suggested Course Progression will be available when approved.

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